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The Planetary Wellbeing Initiative: Pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals in Higher Education

Antó, Josep M and Martí, José Luis and Casals, Jaume and Bou-Habib, Paul and Casal, Paula and Fleurbaey, Marc and Frumkin, Howard and Jiménez-Morales, Manel and Jordana, Jacint and Lancelotti, Carla and Llavador, Humberto and Mélon, Lela and Solé, Ricard and Subirada, Francesc and Williams, Andrew (2021) 'The Planetary Wellbeing Initiative: Pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals in Higher Education.' Sustainability, 13 (6). p. 3372. ISSN 2071-1050

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We live in a time of pressing planetary challenges, many of which threaten catastrophic change to the natural environment and require massive and novel coordinated scientific and societal efforts on an unprecedented scale. Universities and other academic institutions have the opportunity and responsibility to assume a leading role in an era when the destiny of the planet is precisely in the hands of human beings. Drawing on the Planetary Health project promoted by the Rockefeller Foundation and The Lancet, Pompeu Fabra University launched in 2018 the Planetary Wellbeing Initiative, a long-term institutional strategy also animated by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Planetary Wellbeing might be defined as the highest attainable standard of wellbeing for human and non-human beings and their social and natural systems. Developing the potential of these new concepts involves a substantial theoretical and empirical effort in many different fields, all of them interrelated by the crosscutting challenges of global complexity, interdisciplinarity, and urgency. Close collaboration of science, humanities, and culture is more desperately needed now than ever before in the history of humankind.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: planetary wellbeing; Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); planetary challenges; climate change; global health; complexity; interdisciplinarity; urgency; higher education; university transformation
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2021 11:47
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 12:31

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