Right now even scientists can't estimate what the world will look like when polar ice caps melt, so maybe instead of panicking about climate change, we should all take a deep breath, put our heads together, and figure out how to mitigate its consequences. Governments should encourage sustainable lifestyles by amending school and college curriculums rather than restricting or prohibiting those that go against state environmental policies. This is a firm belief of Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund that promotes the circular economy and waste-free manufacturing.
In her presentation, Jenna Lähdemäki-Pekkinen will explain how to make a transformation to a society that operates within the planetary boundaries in a sustainable way; how to improve epidemic preparedness using data on population health; and how schools and colleges should enable individuals to address twenty-first century challenges to encourage sustainability and human well-being. According to Lähdemäki-Pekkinen, analytical thinking is of little use when data is scarce – it is intuition and empathy that should come to the fore.
Jenna Lähdemäki-Pekkinen is a member of Sitra’s foresight and insight team committed to improving sustainability in Finland. Her book Learning at the Edge of History published in 2017 focuses on educational models of the future. Lähdemäki-Pekkinen is also engaged in the project The Next Era which explores current societal transformations and the future of a just society.
Sitra operates directly under the supervision of the Finnish Parliament. It was founded in the 1960s to improve people's welfare. From day one its employees have tried to develop ways to reduce environmental pollution. Since the 1960s, the Fund has been collecting data on population health and people's movements to prevent epidemics and identify places of disease outbreak.
The event is organized with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Finland.
The lecture will be held in English, with simultaneous interpretation into Russian.
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