Peace and Justice
Creating a more sustainable planet requires collaboration across disciplines, sectors, and deep political divides. Finding ways to foster that cooperation is a pressing issue at local, national and international levels. This is recognized in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 16, which challenges the international community to, “Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.” However, there is little consensus on the mechanisms that can build and sustain the sort of peace, social justice and cooperation required for sustainable development. Research in this area is still new, and requires an interdisciplinary approach that spans science, policy, business, and more.
The faculty and centers at the Earth Institute are today working on some of the questions central to this challenge. How can we encourage grassroots and community-driven approaches to issues of peace, justice and sustainability? What are the critical roles women and youth are playing in promoting peace and justice? To what extent is environmental security linked to human rights, political and economic security? Can environmental peacebuilding contribute to sustainable peace on a broader scale? What are the best ways to ensure that our communities and institutions are resilient, successful, and equitable?