17th IRDO International Conference SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE SOCIETY 2022, Slovenia, Europe, 2-3 June 2022, online. The main purpose of the two-day 17th IRDO International Conference SOCIALLY RESPONSIBILE SOCIETY 2022 (2-3 June, 2022), entitled “Green, digital, and inclusive transition: how to make it happen?” is to explore conceptual framework(s), conditions and possibilities for a green, digital and inclusive transition that enables the development of a common sustainable future, in line with the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 SDGs. A precondition for sustainable coexistence is socially responsible behaviour of each stakeholder in the community.
The conference emphasis is on implementation of a green, digital and inclusive transition as embraced by the European Green Deal (EGD) and other EU priorities and policies, including the Recovery and Resilience Facility/Plans. The EGD puts sustainability and, therefore, social responsibility at the heart of the EU policy-making, reflecting the need for systemic change. As part of the 17th IRDO International Conference, the 2nd IRDO & Citizens’ Initiative for an Integral Green Slovenia conference “Green and inclusive transition: knowledge, education and action for sustainability transitions and integral development” will take place on 3 June, 2022.
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It will focus on three main themes: I.New knowledge on environmental challenges and action for a green transition. II.Education and competencies for environmental sustainability. III.Transition to integral green society in different cultures. Despite broad commitment to the UN 2030 Agenda and the EU spearheading its implementation, recent reports at various levels alert that several SDGs are not being achieved. Among them, the European environmental report SOER 2020 (EEA, 2019) sums up that Europe continues to consume more resources and contribute more to environmental degradation than other world regions.
The implementation of the European environmental vision (“Living well, within the limits of our planet”) therefore necessitates a systemic change of the development model, namely placement of fundamental socio-economic systems within the boundaries of ecosystems (ecosystem-based approaches). To achieve the SDGs, fundamental transformations of societal systems (energy, mobility, food and built environment systems) that are at the root cause of environmental and climate pressures are urgently needed – i.e., through profound changes in dominant structures, practices, technologies, policies, lifestyles, and thinking (knowledge systems).
The complex nature of the sustainability challenges requires a new policy response with the multi-level perspective on transitions and catalysing innovation and system change. Sustainability transitions are non-linear, society-wide processes toward low-carbon, circular and bio-economy, and society, built on innovation and knowledge creation. Changing trajectory will depend critically on the emergence and spread of diverse forms of innovation that can trigger new ways of thinking and living.
The seeds for this shift already exist. More and more businesses, entrepreneurs, researchers, city administrations and local communities are experimenting with different ways of producing and consuming. At the level of strategic ambitions and aspirations, under the EGD, the current policy landscape responds well to the need for systemic transformations (Knowledge for Action, EEA, 2021). Compared to previous policy packages, these strategies and initiatives mainly take a broader system perspective, including links to the global dimension, reflecting a new understanding of sustainability challenges and responses that embrace the need to address the root causes of unsustainability.
This trend towards a more integrated and holistic approach is also reflected in a stronger integration of environmental, social and economic objectives, including aspirations regarding financial investments (e.g., biodiversity), social justice (e.g., climate adaptation) and behavioural change (e.g., mobility). While the new policy landscape provides an initial roadmap, more detailed policy responses continue to be developed, translating short-, medium- and long-term ambitions into actions where implementation is underway.
Furthermore, it is essential to integrate this new knowledge in all levels of education and non-formal education, taking into account also the Council Recommendation on learning for environmental sustainability (proposal) and the European sustainability competence framework proposed by JRC (2022). The basic vision of well-being for all while maintaining a healthy natural environment is also at the core of the model for an Integral Green Europe that is smartly integrating multiple EU potentials for sustainable development.
Sustainability transitions, as the key processes of the European Green Deal, are integrally connected to other policies of the European Union, by placing fundamental values, underlying the European cultural heritage, in the centre of the model, rooting sustainable development in nature and community, and revisiting the economic paradigm. An Integral Green Europe is supporting renewal impulses in other cultures and is learning from them.
With the conference “Green and inclusive transition: knowledge, education and action for sustainability transitions and integral development”, we want to explore in terms of green and inclusive transition what young people, researchers, teachers, experts, policy and decision makers, managers and everyone else can do together and what we should do to include personal, business and social responsibility in the social and natural environment where we operate.