Click the keynote/session titles or names to access the slides.
You can also read a short summary of the event here.
This international symposium addresses how low- and middle- income countries in Asia can achieve enhanced, equitable and resilient well-being without this development leading to massive ecological overshoot.
Day: Monday, 15 January 2018 10am - 17:30 pm
Venue: Clock Tower Centennial Hall I, Kyoto University (access)
Current trends in global development are not sustainable and to a large extent this is a reflection of our society’s patterns of consumption and production. The need to change the way we produce and consume has been recognized for a long time. The recently adopted United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development reaffirmed the overarching importance of sustainable consumption and production (SCP) and to "Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns" is included in the Sustainable Development Goal as a separate Goal (SDG 12).
Research on SCP has focused on “over-consuming North”, where consumerism and consumer society are most directly applicable, giving rise to an unsustainable cycle of continuous growth and increasing throughput of materials. Though in the global South, for large numbers of people insufficient consumption may be the most pressing problem, it would be misleading to portray global consumption in terms of an “over-consuming North” and an “under-consuming South.” A high-consuming middle class already exists in many countries of the South and is growing rapidly.
Bringing together researchers on SCP and actors in Japan and Asia, the Symposium aims to lay the foundation for a nuanced framing of SCP that takes account of historical developments in (post-) industrialized regions as well as the characteristics of developing societies. This event is also expected to contribute to the newly formed Future Earth Knowledge-Action Network on Systems of Sustainable Consumption and Production (KAN-SSCP) by providing perspectives from Asia.
The Symposium is open to interested citizens, researchers and practitioners.
Languages: English/Japanese simultaneous translation
Please register from here. Registration on-site is also possible.
Download the program.
Keynote 1: Sustainable Consumption 2.0: Fostering Social Innovation and Enhancing Well-being in Asia
Maurie Cohen is Professor of Sustainability Studies and Director of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is also Associate Faculty Member with the Division of Global Affairs at Rutgers University, Associate Faculty Member with the Rutgers/NJIT Urban Systems Program, and Associate Fellow at the Tellus Institute. Cohen is additionally Editor of Sustainability: Science, Practice, and Policy and co-founder and Executive Board Member of the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI) and a core member of Future Earth SSCP-KAN. His most recent book is The Future of Consumer Society: Prospects for Sustainability in the New Economy. Cohen received his PhD in regional science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1993.
Keynote 2: A Commentary on Consumption - How Unsustainable Is the Consumption Pattern of the Burgeoning Middle Class in India?
Chandra Bhushan is Deputy Director of the Centre for Science and Environment based in New Delhi, India, one of the leading environmental think-tanks of the Global South. He is also the Consulting Editor of Down To Earth, India’s leading science and environment fortnightly. He has a wide ranging research and advocacy interests. He has researched and written about issues ranging from industrial pollution to climate change and from antibiotic resistance to the political economy of natural resource extraction. He has authored and co-authored more than 25 books and reports on environmental governance, resource efficiency, energy and climate change. His current area of interests includes antibiotic resistance and clean energy transition.
- Patrick Schroeder Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies
- Manisha Anantharaman Assistant Professor, Saint Mary's College of California
Session 2: Approaches and Experiences from Japan
Moderator: Masayo Hasegawa Senior Researcher, International Environment and Economy Institute/Future Earth Engagement Committee member
- Takaaki Iwata Manager, Policy Planning Department, Kyoto Prefectural Government
- Yuriko Yamamoto Secretary General, Aeon Environmental Foundation
- Shizuko Shimomura Board member, Citizens Environmental Foundation
This Symposium is organized by the Regional Centre for Future Earth in Asia/Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, in collaboration with the Future Earth Research Unit, Kyoto University.
On Tuesday 16 January, a smaller workshop, with short presentations and lots of discussion time, will be held at RIHN.
Download the program for Day 2.