The Sustainable Earth Institute (SEI) is currently focusing on four sustainability challenge themes that require a systems approach to examine the larger picture of interacting factors. These challenge themes transcend disciplinary research and bring together a critical mass of interdisciplinary expertise to look at the issue holistically rather than in isolation.
While there are multiple entry points into research in this field from One Health concepts (environmental health, animal health, human health), to systems thinking across soil-crop-water or people-land-water connectivity, it is clear that collaboration across disciplines is essential to deliver the credible evidence base required to support land management decision making and future policy.
Environmental intelligence and sensors
Over the past couple of years various national/local governments, businesses, social enterprises and Universities have declared a climate emergency, often with subsequent targets to reach net-zero carbon.
Now is the time for action and reaching net-zero carbon requires a holistic, systems-thinking approach requiring input across a number of interacting areas including built environment, mobility, energy, food, resources, behaviour change, nature-based solutions, arts and policy. By bringing research and cross-discipline expertise together around this topic we can do more to accelerate progress in this important area.