One day symposium on “Humans, Animals and Nature: A Sustainable Relationship?” The reason that ‘animals’, ‘nature’ and ‘sustainability’ are not often mentioned together in one sentence is likely to be found in the fact that the sustainability debate has been hijacked in recent years by industry and governments. Their view regarding sustainable development significantly has been subordinate to the dogma of economic growth with little regard for animal welfare and concerns for nature. How shortsighted this is, has been illustrated by the various outbreaks of animal diseases in intensive farming, and the impacts of biodiversity loss on our health.
In this symposium, human-animal-nature relationships will be discussed from a sustainability, ethical, human health, urban planning and political perspective.
- Sustanimalism: About (un)sustainable human-animal relationships (Pim Martens)
- An abolitionist approach of the concept of sustainability (Esteban Rivas)
- How our health depends on biodiversity (Maud Huynen)
- Novel nature in urban futures: how cultural perspectives influence our relation to nature and animals (in) and around our homes (Carijn Beumer)
- Animal advocacy and the political agenda (Karen Soeters)
- Movie “One Single Planet”