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The Planetary Wellbeing Initiative: Pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals in Higher Education

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Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM), Pompeu Fabra University, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
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Department of Law, Faculty of Law, Pompeu Fabra University, 08005 Barcelona, Spain
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UNESCO Chair in Life Cycle and Climate Change, ESCI-UPF, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
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Department of Humanities, Pompeu Fabra University, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
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Department of Government, University of Essex, Colchester CO4 3SQ, UK
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ICREA, Passeig Lluís Companys 23, 08010 Barcelona, Spain
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Paris School of Economics, 75014 Paris, France
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Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-1616, USA
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Department of Communication, Pompeu Fabra University, 08005 Barcelona, Spain
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Department of Political and Social Sciences, Pompeu Fabra University, 08005 Barcelona, Spain
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Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals, 08005 Barcelona, Spain
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Faculty of Economics, Pompeu Fabra University, 08005 Barcelona, Spain
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Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, 08005 Barcelona, Spain
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Department of Experimental Sciences, Pompeu Fabra University, 08005 Barcelona, Spain
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UPF initiative for the Knowledge Citadel, Pompeu Fabra University, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
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Academic Editor: Jordi Colomer Feliu
Sustainability 2021, 13(6), 3372; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063372
Received: 1 February 2021 / Revised: 12 March 2021 / Accepted: 13 March 2021 / Published: 18 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue (In)Corporate Sustainability: A Systemic Shift towards Sustainability)
We live in a time of pressing planetary challenges, many of which threaten catastrophic change to the natural environment and require massive and novel coordinated scientific and societal efforts on an unprecedented scale. Universities and other academic institutions have the opportunity and responsibility to assume a leading role in an era when the destiny of the planet is precisely in the hands of human beings. Drawing on the Planetary Health project promoted by the Rockefeller Foundation and The Lancet, Pompeu Fabra University launched in 2018 the Planetary Wellbeing Initiative, a long-term institutional strategy also animated by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Planetary Wellbeing might be defined as the highest attainable standard of wellbeing for human and non-human beings and their social and natural systems. Developing the potential of these new concepts involves a substantial theoretical and empirical effort in many different fields, all of them interrelated by the crosscutting challenges of global complexity, interdisciplinarity, and urgency. Close collaboration of science, humanities, and culture is more desperately needed now than ever before in the history of humankind. View Full-Text
Keywords: planetary wellbeing; Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); planetary challenges; climate change; global health; complexity; interdisciplinarity; urgency; higher education; university transformation planetary wellbeing; Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); planetary challenges; climate change; global health; complexity; interdisciplinarity; urgency; higher education; university transformation
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Antó, J.M.; Martí, J.L.; Casals, J.; Bou-Habib, P.; Casal, P.; Fleurbaey, M.; Frumkin, H.; Jiménez-Morales, M.; Jordana, J.; Lancelotti, C.; Llavador, H.; Mélon, L.; Solé, R.; Subirada, F.; Williams, A. The Planetary Wellbeing Initiative: Pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals in Higher Education. Sustainability 2021, 13, 3372. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063372

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Antó JM, Martí JL, Casals J, Bou-Habib P, Casal P, Fleurbaey M, Frumkin H, Jiménez-Morales M, Jordana J, Lancelotti C, Llavador H, Mélon L, Solé R, Subirada F, Williams A. The Planetary Wellbeing Initiative: Pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals in Higher Education. Sustainability. 2021; 13(6):3372. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063372

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Antó, Josep M., José L. Martí, Jaume Casals, Paul Bou-Habib, Paula Casal, Marc Fleurbaey, Howard Frumkin, Manel Jiménez-Morales, Jacint Jordana, Carla Lancelotti, Humberto Llavador, Lela Mélon, Ricard Solé, Francesc Subirada, and Andrew Williams. 2021. "The Planetary Wellbeing Initiative: Pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals in Higher Education" Sustainability 13, no. 6: 3372. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063372

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