Since the 1992 UN Summit, the philosophies of business, NGOs and governments have evolved – often at the expense of sustainable development goals. What has been constant is the desire to motivate people to act.
Pioneers John Elkington, Bjorn Stigson and David Suzuki fear that things may get worse before they get better on climate change issues. Only when our daily lives are disrupted and we have realized the connection between our actions and their consequences, will we finally unite on the issue.
What does it take to be an effective leader in the 21st century? According to John Elkington, Mark Moody Stuart, Rajendra Pachauri and others, leadership on the sustainability agenda will require the vision to make decisions with the next 50 or 100 years in mind, and to identify and support emerging innovators and changemakers.
Our economic model is believed by many to be broken. Pioneers Jonathan Porritt, Achim Steiner, Bjorn Stigson and others emphasize the need to challenge the orthodoxies of our current model, envisioning a transition from an economically-driven framework to one that acknowledges ecological infrastructure as the foundation.
Pioneers Lester Brown, David Suzuki, Jonathan Porritt and others say that we are in a race against time. We are living in a small window when we can still affect positive change, have the technology to deliver that change, and could see the benefits of action towards sustainability for the planet. Inaction poses the greatest security threat.
Mark Lee and Chris Coulter, Co-Directors of The Regeneration Project, speak about the inspiration for the project, and the opportunity for the private sector to accelerate the pace and scale of progress.