The second wave of industrialization and urbanization in many developing countries, and continuing economic growth and consumption in industrialized countries, have led to an acceleration of natural resource use, climate change and a suite of related environmental impacts with a diverse range of potential health impacts. While the industrialization of developing countries has lifted millions out of poverty it has also contributed to increased global environmental change.
To reverse this trend, and to allow the global economy to stay within the limits of the Earth’s resources and ecosystems, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) call for economic activity and consumption and production processes to be underpinned by large investment and appropriate policy settings to guide decoupling of economic activity from environmental pressure and impacts. This opens a window of opportunity for industrial ecology to deliver the knowledge base to transition the current economic pattern to sustainable consumption and production.
UNU-IIGH is pleased to contribute to this conference organised by Gordon Research Conference (Industrial Ecology) which will investigate the latest insights from the science of industrial ecology to support technological solutions, policy innovation and new business models for sustainable development and health. This is a critical decade for reconciling human development and environmental protection and we will explore the contribution industrial ecology can make.
Stoweflake Conference Center
1746 Mountain Road
Stowe, VT 05672