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Insight into Sustainability Futures



Ban Ki-moon - UN Secretary General

“Sustainable development is the pathway to the future we want for all. It offers a framework to generate economic growth, achieve social justice, exercise environmental stewardship and strengthen governance."

Wangari Maathai (1940 - 2011) - Environmental activist and first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004

“In a few decades, the relationship between the environment, resources and conflict may seem almost as obvious as the connection we see today between human rights, democracy and peace."

Mokokoma Mokhonoana - A philosopher, an aphorist, a social-critic, an activist, a humanitarian, an essayist, a cartoonist, an allegorist, a satirist, and, an overall nonconformist.

“Sustainability is best illustrated by those who sell food … just so they afford something to eat."

Ian Khama - President of Botswana

“We need to take stock and attach value to our natural resources and ecosystems, such that we may include their value in planning and decision-making processes, as well as in our national accounts and balance sheets."

Liya Kebede - Ethiopian-born model, maternal health advocate, clothing designer, and actress.

“Investing in women's lives is an investment in sustainable development, in human rights, in future generations - and consequently in our own long-term national interests."

Jonathon Porritt - Co-Founder of Forum for the Future, is an eminent writer, broadcaster and commentator on sustainable development.

“We're never going to scare people into living more sustainably! We have to be able to demonstrate just how dynamic and aspirational such a world could be."

Sarah Parkin -
Founder Director & Trustee of Forum for the Future

“Sustainable development is a process which enables all people to realise their potential and to improve their quality of life in ways which protect and enhance the Earth's life support systems.

Positive deviance means doing the right thing for sustainability, despite being surrounded by the wrong institutional structures, the wrong processes and stubbornly uncooperative people. That is what sustainability-literate leadership means today. Surrounded by evidence of rampant unsustainability it is not possible to say 'I did not know'."

Niall Fitzgerald - former Chairman & CEO, Unilever plc

“Sustainability is here to stay or we may not be."

Jamais Cascio - Writer and ethical futurist

“The idea of sustainability can imply there is one perfect, unchanging future, if only we could work out how to get there. Resilience might be more useful, in that it assumes a dynamic environment and that perfection is impossible. You need to design systems to accommodate failure rather than eliminate it. By trying to be perfect, many visions of sustainability are quite brittle."



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