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1.1 Interview with Katherine Richardson, Spring 2018. 

Here is the short version of my interview with 
Katherine Richardson, director and initiator of the Sustainability Science Centre at the University of Copenhagen. 

Below you can see the entire interview and read about the 3 main recommendations I have chosen to high light. Actions you can apply now.  

Please - watch the entire interview below as Katherine gives some very important information about how the UN works and her take on how global governance is a must in todays society. 

My first interview on We Turn 2030 was with Katherine Richardson, as she has a vast amount of knowledge concerning sustainability due to her profession. Katherine Richardson is a professor in biological oceanographics and the initiator and leader of the Sustainability Science Center at the University of Copenhagen.

She is also
- one of the 15 in the panel selected by the former UN General Secretary, Ban Ki-moon, to work on The Global Sustainability Development Report to be used in 2019 to discuss the status of the Worlds’ Sustainability Development Goals towards 2030.
- worked on developing the Planetary Boundaries framework to identify a safe operating space for humans’ effect on the Earth System
- a member of the Climate Council in Denmark
- the co-chair person of UN’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network Northern Europe (SDSN NE)

Due to these facts I thought Katherine would be a key person in my quest to gather just the right amount of qualitative knowledge to get ahead on the subject on how to become more sustainable in thoughts and actions.

Please do yourself the favor of taking the time to watch the entire interview, as there are quite a few insights I haven’t mentioned below.

Instead I’ve chosen to share 3 recommendations on what you can do as an individual to become more sustainable in your thoughts and actions. Here they are and if you like - please sustain-apply!

1) Be effective – our well being is based on our natural resources

Question: What should an individual do?

In short she said:
I think the most important thing is, that an individual recognizes that our well being and our wealth is based on natural resources.

In reality our real money our real currency is our resources. Everything you do – whether it’s food and food waste or whether it’s use of energy in transport or in your home or whether it’s buying clothes. Everything you do is is related to natural resource use. So everything you do, do it as effectively as possible.

2) Buy less & buy quality – we should move towards a zero waste society

In short she said: 
Obviously, buying fewer things and that often means better things as well. Is much much better for the environment than buying a lot of inexpensive stuff that just gets thrown away and then you buy something new. So yeah, absolutely – buy less.

I know somebody who says that when I think I want to buy something I go home and I think about it and if I still want to buy it, 24 hours later or a week later or what ever, then I go back and buy it, but I never buy it on the first impulse.

3) Treat all species with respect & we all have a right to sustainable development

In short she said:
What worries me even more though is the fact that people are getting the idea that sustainability and climate change are the same thing and if we just solve climate change then you know everything is going to be just fine. The whole point here is that humans are now impacting the Planet at the global level. That’s why we need to manage our resources at the global level. So this is global change. It’s not just climate change. It’s global change. I honestly believe that just as important perhaps more important than what we are doing to climate is what we are doing to the rest of the organisms that share this planet with us. And the biodiversity on this planet is so so crucial for establishing the environment, the state of the Planet. The life on this Planet is what makes this Planet different from every other planet in the Universe. 

We are on track to be 9 to 10 billion people by 2050 and every single one of those people has a right to development.

Finally) Who did Katherine Richardson give the relay to?

The relay (the stuffed polar bear) goes to – Steen Hildebrandt!

In short she said:
I think, the next person you should hear from is Steen Hildebrandt.



Interview by Celeste Elizabeth Arnold and film, sound and editing by Morten Schuster Rossel aka Superskafferen

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