The dark side of sustainability – elements for a deep critique

Dr. Iván González-Márquez
Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropologia Social, Mexico

Sustainability has been successful in articulating many efforts around the world addressing the global socio-environmental crisis. Nevertheless, as a scientific and policy making paradigm, the evidence all around us strongly suggests that its overallproblem-solving power has been insufficient. I will present an alternative narrative of its origin, the "dark side" of this paradigm, which explains its limitations and biases in relation to ideology, politics and, ultimately, the foundations of "modern worldview".From this standpoint, the contributions from different critical perspectives seem to converge in an invitation to explore alternative framings.

Our speaker:
Iván Gonzáles-Márquez is part of the teaching team of the International Diploma in Agroecology for Sustainability at the UAQ. He is a member of the Transdisciplinary Studies Group on Energy and Civilization Crisis (GETECC). He was part of Dr. Víctor M Toledo's team of advisors when he was in charge of the Ministry of the Environment. He was a tutor for the NODO Oaxaca in the Interinstitutional Specialization Program in Food Sovereignty and Strategic Local Advocacy Management (PIES AGILES) of CONACyT. Since 2022 he has been a Researcher for Mexico at CIESAS South Pacific. Founding member of the nascent RAÍCES Network. His main research topic for 15 years has been the civilizational crisis and the analysis of future scenarios to advise decision making. He has been an advisor, designer and collaborator in various agroecology, permaculture, hydrological design and biocultural conservation projects.

Das Leibniz-Institut für ökologische Raumentwicklung e. V. wird gemeinsam durch Bund und Länder gefördert.

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