Dec 7, 2021

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In April 2020, colleges and universities around the world closed down due to the pandemic, disrupting the studies of 220 million college students in 170 countries. Environmentalists are clear that the disruption caused by COVID-19 may have been sudden and dramatic, but its magnitude and long-term impact will be insignificant compared to that expected from climate change. We may never be able to go back to relying completely on face-to-face classroom learning. Therefore, we need a system of education that is future-proof so it is not held hostage to future disruptions and imparts to future citizens the knowledge needed to create a sustainable future. This session discusses ways to train teachers, guide researchers and educate students in the increasing complexity and uncertainty of global society and generate a more resilient and sustainable culture.


  • Amanda ELLIS, Executive Director, Asia Pacific, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation, ASU; FWAAS
  • Paul SHRIVASTAVA, Director, Sustainability Institute; Chief Sustainability Officer, Pennsylvania State University


  • Hazel HENDERSON, Founder of Ethical Markets Media, USA; FWAAS


  • Phoebe KOUNDOURI, President-elect, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists; FWAAS
  • Chantal-Line CARPENTIER, Chief, UN Conference on Trade & Development, New York; FWAAS
  • Kehkashan BASU, Founder & President, Green Hope Foundation