“Climate change is destroying our path to sustainability. Ours is a world of looming challenges and increasingly limited resources, Sustainable development offers the best chance to adjust our course.” Ban Ki-moon
The 11th annual Sustainability Summit will be brought to you as a live virtual event, thus offering both exponential global reach and accessibility by easily bringing the content directly to the audience.
In 2021 – the shift continues, from the way we work to our global vision. As devastating as the impact of COVID-19 has been, in many ways it’s also proved to be a revelation. Overwhelming evidence suggests that the pandemic is tightly bound up with environmental issues – climate change, biodiversity loss, air, water and soil pollution, among others. As a result, governments, corporates, and citizens worldwide are looking for ways to work together to achieve a green economic recovery. South Africa in particular has embraced the idea of a green recovery as a means to achieve sustainable, resilient, inclusive economic growth. Imagine a world of zero-carbon growth – where industry is water wise and energy efficient, where infrastructure is smart and inclusive, where waste is converted into lucrative revenue streams. Imagine an economy that takes care of business needs while securing the rights of future generations and offering women and youth the space they deserve.
With the effects of climate change biting down like never before, wide spread environmental and human health challenges at the municipal scale, and the desperate need for employment and economic development—one key cross-cutting policy strategy has never been so obvious and so potentially powerful—economic stimulus through the green economy.