Radical changes are needed for transformations to a good Anthropocene

Timon McPhearson, Prof. Christopher Raymond, Nataile Gulsrud, Christian Albert, Neil Coles, Nora Fagerholm, Michiru Nagatsu, Anton Stahl Olafsson, Niko Soininen, Kati Vierikko

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The scale, pace, and intensity of human activity on the planet demands radical departures from the status quo to remain within planetary boundaries and achieve sustainability. The steering arms of society including embedded financial, legal, political, and governance systems must be radically realigned and recognize the connectivity among social, ecological, and technological domains of urban systems to deliver more just, equitable, sustainable, and resilient futures. We present five key principles requiring fundamental cognitive, behavioral, and cultural shifts including rethinking growth, rethinking efficiency, rethinking the state, rethinking the commons, and rethinking justice needed together to radically transform neighborhoods, cities, and regions.
Original languageEnglish
Article number5
Journalnpj Urban Sustainability
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 23 Feb 2021
MoE publication typeA2 Review article in a scientific journal

Fields of Science

  • 1172 Environmental sciences
  • 519 Social and economic geography

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