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SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

To ensure the future wellbeing of the Earth we must be more conscious of what we consume and what we throw away. SDG 12 calls for more sustainable consumption and production patterns. EUC researchers are working collaboratively across diverse sectors to ensure practical consumption, production and waste solutions for all. 

Measuring and managing the Earth’s carrying capacity

The Ecological Footprint Initiative is a collaborative group of EUC researchers working together to measure the Earth’s Ecological Footprint and Biocapacity. These outputs quantify the demand on nature created by various human activities of production and consumption. The data from this initiative has been used by over 20 national governments to guide policy, shaping the future of global sustainability.

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Offshore oil drill plant

Political ecology and economy of industrial extraction

Anna Zalik’s research investigates and critiques the political ecology and political economy of industrial extraction. She partners with academic colleagues and community organizations to explore the political economy of hydrocarbons, industrial transparency, and the contested regulation of extractive industries in oceans beyond national jurisdiction. She advocates for supporting developing countries to strengthen their capacity to move towards more sustainable patterns of consumption and production.

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Reduce, Reuse and Rethink

From an early age Canadians are taught the importance of recycling plastics, however, only nine percent of Canada’s plastics are actually recycled every year. Calvin Lakhan and Mark Winfield’s collaborative project “Waste Wiki” is working towards a world without waste. They advocate for a responsible waste management system that adopts a “macro approach” by looking at the product's entire life cycle to create more sustainable outcomes for all.

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Transition to a sustainable prosperity

Peter Victor is a global leader in the field of ecological economics with over 50 years of experience tackling environmental issues. Most recently he has contributed to projects such as Economics for the Anthropocene and the Ecological Footprint Initiative. Victor’s work has contributed to promoting human prosperity within the environmental constraints of the planet through sustainable international policies and public education.

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