About Julian Agyeman
Julian Agyeman Ph.D. FRSA FRGS is a Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, USA. He is the originator of the concept of ‘just sustainabilities,’ the full integration of social justice and sustainability, defined as ‘the need to ensure a better quality of life for all, now and into the future, in a just and equitable manner, whilst living within the limits of supporting ecosystems.’
City leaders need to support and emphasize communal models of sharing that build solidarity and spread trust. In other words sharing systems must be designed around equity and justice.
Just Sustainabilities Blog
There will only be environmental quality when there is human equality.
Sustainability cannot be simply a ‘green’, or ‘environmental’ concern, important though ‘environmental’ aspects of sustainability are. A truly sustainable society is one where wider questions of social needs and welfare, and economic opportunity are integrally related to environmental limits imposed by supporting ecosystems.
A just sustainability is about the need to ensure a better quality of life for all, now and into the future, in a just and equitable manner, whilst living within the limits of supporting ecosystems
In recent years it has become increasingly apparent that the issue of environmental quality is inextricably linked to that of human equality. Wherever in the world environmental despoliation and degradation is happening, it is almost always linked to questions of social justice, equity, rights and people’s quality of life in its widest sense.
Sustainable development means using our unlimited mental resources, not our limited natural resources.
As we move towards a more intercultural America, the local food movement should recognize, embrace and celebrate cultural diversity as much as it currently celebrates biodiversity.
Currently, around the globe we waste human potential as wantonly and comprehensively as we lay waste to our environmental potential, and this is no surprise, as both actions are directly related.
We need to redouble our efforts toward flourishing: developing the capabilities and potential in all humans in order to live productively in a convivial manner within environmental limits. Failure to do so will end our ability to approach anything near the just and sustainable futures we are fully capable of.
Let’s move on. Let’s re-conceptualize and re-imagine a ‘just’ sustainability. ‘Green’ is a big part of the solution but in and of itself, green is really not sustainability.