Enabling an urgent transformation to Sustainable Consumption and Production systems is needed, respecting the Earth system’s finite resource availability and resilience.
With the Earth’s finite resource availability and resilience, current patterns of global development based on the continuous extraction of natural resources and people’s exploitation are not sustainable. A fundamental restructuring of production, distribution, and consumption systems is indispensable to accommodate world demographic growth and rising levels of consumption while advancing well-being for all in a just and equitable manner on a finite planet.
Meanwhile, it is becoming increasingly apparent that focusing mainly on science and technology is not sufficient for achieving the types and magnitudes of reductions in material and energy demand necessary to prevent social and ecological crises. Equal consideration must be given to end-user consumption and the social structures that drive it upward. Satisfying this more ambitious objective entails policy measures that limit volumes of production and consumption. It also raises critical questions about social and economic equity, continued economic growth, and individual and societal well-being.
The Systems of Sustainable Consumption and Production (SSCP) Knowledge-Action Network (KAN) is a global network of researchers and practitioners interested in ways that sustainable consumption and production systems can be created, nurtured, and contribute to a more sustainable world. The SSCP KAN aims to contribute to enhancing global equity, reducing unequal access to resources, and enabling all people on the planet to lead flourishing lives within biophysical constraints. To achieve its lofty aims, the SSCP KAN works to advance a more systemic SCP approach, encouraging and enabling an urgent transformation in theory and practice to SCP systems.
To address a specific issue of significance to the mission of the network, the SSCP KAN has identified six focal themes as below. These Working Groups will collaboratively design studies, generate knowledge, and initiate other activities.