In our everyday lives, we increasingly hear about the climate and ecological crises in which we find ourselves. The planetary emergency can sometimes seem too much to comprehend but many options exist for us to co-create a better future for current and future generations.
Arguing that ‘people power’ is an essential ingredient of sustainability, Dr Amanda Slevin outlines some of the socio-ecological issues we collectively face and explores avenues for action across individual, community and societal levels. Drawing on local and global examples of people power, she illustrates how, together, we can transform our world to make it a fairer, healthier and more sustainable place for humans and non-human species.
Part of the NISF Sustainability Fair
About Dr Slevin
Dr Amanda Slevin is an environmental sociologist, educator and activist who combines her academic research with her 20+ years’ experience in community development to make unique contributions to our collective journey towards a more sustainable future. As Co-Director of the Centre for Sustainability, Equality and Climate Action in Queen’s University Belfast, Amanda plays a leading role in efforts to advance collaborative teaching, learning and research on pressing socio-ecological issues, within and beyond the University. She works as a Policy Fellow with the UK-wide Place-based Climate Action Network through which she co-founded Belfast Climate Commission, a multi-stakeholder partnership chaired by Queen’s and Belfast City Council, focused on enabling the city’s transition to a net-zero carbon future. Amanda is also Chair of Climate Coalition Northern Ireland, NI’s largest civil society network for climate action, which is the driving force behind NI’s first climate change bill. Her recent co-edited book ‘Addressing the climate crisis: Local action in theory and practice’ can be accessed free online.