Dr. Julian Agyeman delivers the first memorial lecture in honor of Edward and Ruth Roseland, life-long members of the Ethical Society of Boston.
Dr. Agyeman is Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University.
In his talk Julian will first outline the concept of ‘just sustainabilities’. He will argue that integrating social needs and welfare, offers us a more ‘just,’ rounded, and equity-focused definition of sustainability and sustainable development, while not negating the very real environmental threats we face. He will then look at examples of just sustainabilities in practice in the real world focusing on ideas about ‘fair shares’ resource distribution globally; planning for intercultural cities; achieving wellbeing and happiness; the potential in the new sharing economy and finally the concept of ‘spatial justice’ and how it complements the more established concept of social justice.
The intersection of sustainability and social justice is a fertile ground in which a number of important questions have arisen. How do we balance environmental impact against the need for economic development? How do we prevent the underprivileged from bearing the bulk of the negative environmental costs of development? How do we manage gentrification in our cities? Should poor nations be paid to accept the toxic wastes of rich nations?