The COVID-19 coronavirus crisis is affecting all members of the Transformations to Sustainability community and posing new questions about how we understand social transformations.
Responses to the virus have exposed divisions and fault-lines in our societies and economies, but they have also generated new forms of solidarity and inventiveness, forcing us to rethink how we move around, how we interact with the human and non-human species around us, and more broadly how we live and consume. In the effort to achieve social justice and environmental sustainability the importance of these capacities cannot be underestimated.
This page, which will be regularly updated, lists blogposts, interviews, news articles and other commentary produced by the broad Transformations to Sustainability community. It is not meant to be an exhaustive debate on COVID-19 issues, but rather it aims to promote discussion on transformations to sustainability in times of a global pandemic. It is too early to say what the longer-term impact of the current crisis will be, but we feel sure that diverse and visionary perspectives on social transformation, of the kinds being developed through the Transformations to Sustainability programme, have never been more urgent.
Blogs and opinion
A pandemic of blindness: uneven experiences of rural communities under COVID-19 lockdown in India
By Enid Still, Sandeep Kumar, Irene Leonardelli and Arianna Tozzi via Undisciplined Environments
COVID-19 Stimulus Measures Must Save Lives, Protect Livelihoods, and Safeguard Nature to Reduce the Risk of Future Pandemics
By Josef Settele, Sandra Díaz and Eduardo Brondizio, and Peter Daszak via IPBES
We will survive the coronavirus. We need to make sure we survive ourselves.
By Ashish Kothari (ACKnowl-EJ project), via thewire.in
Sustainability and the migrant experience in the COVID-19 crisis
By Neil Adger, Emily Boyd, Ed Carr, Sonja Fransen, Dominique Jolivet, Anita Fabos, Maria Franco Gavonel and Caroline Zickgraf (MISTY project)
Let’s avoid that IP gets in the way of fighting the Coronavirus / Covid19 pandemic!
By Frank Tietze (IPACST project)
Covid-19 reveals and further increases inequalities in water and sanitation
By Lyla Mehta (TAPESTRY project) and Claudia Ringler
Artisanal and small-scale gold mining and the ‘corona-djadiste’
By the GOLD MATTERS project team
Close the tap! COVID-19 and the need for Convivial Conservation
By Robert Fletcher, Bram Büscher & Kate Massarella (CON-VIVA project)
Modernity without its clothes: The pandemic crisis shines a light on on futilities of control
Andy Stirling (GoST project), via the STEPS Centre blog
Science, uncertainty and the COVID-19 response
Ian Scoones, via the STEPS Centre blog
Post-normal pandemics: Why COVID-19 requires a new approach to science
David Waltner-Toews, Annibale Biggeri, Bruna De Marchi, Silvio Funtowicz, Mario Giampietro, Martin O’Connor, Jerome R. Ravetz, Andrea Saltelli and Jeroen P. van der Sluijs, via the STEPS Centre blog
Dialogue on Alternatives in the Time of Global Crises
A webinar series organized by the Global Tapestry of Alternatives
In the press…
Science Will Not Come on a White Horse With a Solution
Sheila Jasanoff (GoST project), Interview for the Nation, 6 April 2020
Photo: Maxim Mogilevskiy via Flickr.