Part Two of the event series focused on the themes of consumption, economics, education and wellbeing. The consumer market is changing rapidly. There has been a rise of veganism, entire nations are boycotting single use plastic and we are seeing the emergence of the application of circularity in design and production from large corporations and new start-ups alike. The consumer action is fuelled by a rise in eco-anxiety and with businesses response to the scientific data with creative solutions.
Rethinking the structure of the economy to stop environmental damage will be better for the mental-health and wellbeing of all of us and interventions and tools for improving and maintaining these conditions are a key factor in sustainability. Education for sustainable development is at the heart of societal transformation, encouraging individuals, organisations and communities in adopting more sustainable and climate conscious behaviours.
LSBU set out to explore how we could rethink our economy and our consumption patterns to stop environmental damage and to improve the mental-health and wellbeing for all of society. This included an exploration of the impact of the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic.
Our prominent guest speakers included:
IKEAProfessor Jill Atkins
Times Higher Education
Mental Health Charity Mind
Bankside Open Spaces Trust
The Sustainable Angle
In the lead-up to the event, we interviewed some of our key speakers asking them about their current role, what they were doing as individuals to tackle issues around sustainability and climate change and their thoughts on the future. Read the Part Two session speaker interviews here.
There were events in Part Two of the series: Consumption, Economics & Education, and Wellbeing. See more detail on the events below.
Expert: Dillie Keane, author of blog ‘Shit You Don’t Need’
Keynote Address – How can we create retail installations that don’t cost the earth?
Expert: Gemma Ruse, Founder & Creative Director at Studio XAG
Panel Discussion: The impact & influence of the fashion world on sustainability & the climate emergency
Aja Barber. Writer and influencer is sustainability, ethics, intersectional feminism, racism and buying habits.
Paola Masperi. Founder of award-winning fashion brand Mayamiko.
Amanda Johnston. Curator and consultant at The Sustainable Angle.
Session lead: Ronke Fashola, Course Director – Fashion Promotion & Marketing and Fashion Buying & Merchandising, LSBU
School: Arts & Creative Industries
Session: How creativity can replace our need for consumption
Lead: Jasmine Pradissitto, Artist & Visiting Lecturer, LSBU
Session: Global consumer culture, impulsive buying and money budgeting – who buys more and saves less?
Lead: Barbara Czarnecka, Senior Lecturer in Marketing, LSBU School: Business
Session: Is Sustainability Embedded to Business School Curricula?: Initial Findings from a UK wide study Leads: Grace O'Rourke, Lecturer in Marketing, LSBU and Barbara Czarnecka, Senior Lecturer in Marketing, LSBU School: Business
Keynote Address: Extinction Governance and Engagement