An initiative seeking opportunities to disrupt the systems sustaining our unsustainability and building the knowledge and tools towards a more sustainable and equitable world in the digital age.

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other digital technologies have the potential to help tackle some of the world’s most pressing societal problems, such as climate change, biodiversity, food insecurity, public health risks, and equity. The transformational capabilities of the digital age might even be a necessity to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, as set out by the United Nations (UN).

Yet, global sustainability is not an inevitable outcome of the digital revolution. In fact, the digital transformation has helped drive the exponential rise of the human imprint on the natural environment that now threatens the resilience of Earth systems, and there remains a significant risk that technological advancement will exacerbate inequalities and escalate social injustice. The digital revolution has the potential to help transform society to a more sustainable and equitable world but only if there is a conscious effort to steer it in that direction.

Current Activities

Research and Innovation Agenda

Future Earth is working to produce a Research and Innovation Agenda under the guidance of the Expert Advisory Committee to identify opportunities and challenges for transformations towards a more equitable and sustainable world in the digital age.  

Past Activities

Futures CoLab

The Sustainability in the Digital Age project team worked in collaboration with Futures CoLab to run an online facilitated dialogue exercise from March 4 to March 24, 2019. The goal was to explore disruptions to the systems sustaining unsustainability and opportunities to shift society toward a more equitable and sustainable path. The opportunities and challenges identified in this exercise were be used to inform the Research and Innovation Agenda.

Expert Advisory Committee

Valérie Bécaert
Nick Beglinger
Dr. Anik Bhaduri
Mark de Blois
Owen Gaffney
Lucas Joppa
Tom Hassenboehler
Cyrus Hodes
Ravi Jain
Lyse Langlois
Mats Linder
Amy Luers
Kevin Mo
Mathilde Mougeot
Per Olsson
Renata Piazzon
Valérie Pisano
Asunción Lera St. Clair
Gina Ziervogel