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The world needs to shift to a new paradigm, but what is stopping us and how can we do this? In 2015, 193 world leaders signed up to the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to achieve a more prosperous, peaceful, and sustainable world by the year 2030. We have the technology, we have the people and if we have the money but can we make this target? Romi Sumaria and Ben Joseph will explore some of the biggest challenges that we face to meet these goals, share the re ...
 
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In episode 12, we recap the series and look at what consumerism should and could look like going forward. Our speakers bring expertise in the circular economy, plastics and biomimicry, and each has a view on policy and responsibilities. Today, most producers and a growing number of consumers will not deny there is a problem with the take, make and …
 
In episode 11, we scrutinise ethics. Today, profits, gross domestic product and growth take precedence over our environment, health and happiness, regardless of the consequences. We explore how we can realistically and holistically change this. After all, hundreds of millions of individuals globally are unable to meet their needs, all while subsidi…
 
The financial and capital markets keep economies moving. Episode 10 explores the role of investors - who secure public funds, underpin multinational companies and enable startups to connect and scale - in sustainable production and consumption. We talk about the importance of managing risk and streamlining standards and disclosure that do not deter…
 
In episode 9, we explore the opportunities that are offered by resources beyond their current use. In the linear economy, we dispose of the end component or product when we decide it is redundant, but that has led us to unsustainable practices, such as landfills and incineration. In the circular economy, we require segregation, decentralisation and…
 
Throughout The Oblique Life Global Goals Season 1, we have partnered with Treepoints, a UK-based social enterprise that helps businesses and individuals offset carbon dioxide. This special episode is an opportunity to learn more about their business, and what they hope to achieve in the long run.The Oblique Life による
 
Episode 8 presents the challenges that the food industry must overcome to accommodate the 10 billion human population forecast for 2050, while restoring nature and mitigating climate change. There is much to 'chew over', from production to storage, trading, transport, packaging, marketing, purchasing, consumption, waste and hunger. As with our earl…
 
Following the meteoric rise of 'fast' fashion, there is now increasing pressure to re-think textiles and apparel. In episode 7, we probe into the industry challenges, from the over-production, self-regulation and environmental impact to consumer behaviour and greenwashing. Yet fashion shapes cultures and identities, and so we need solutions. Our sp…
 
Episode 6 presents the myriad challenges the electronics industry is facing, from design and materials to consumer behaviour, obsolescence and legislation. Even if customers want to be more discerning, there are still few sustainable products on the market as of today. Our speakers present a raft of solutions to shift this sector from being one of …
 
Episode 5 takes us through the challenges of the linear economy and the exigency to shift to a new production and consumption paradigm. We talk about how the Global South has never stopped repairing, re-purposing and sharing goods, and why recycling is at the bottom of the pile in the circular economy. While incremental, bottom-up steps have a role…
 
Episode 4 explores the role of policy in production and consumption. France made planned obsolescence an offence in 2015 and curbed retail food waste in 2016. More recently it has introduced a repairability index. Scotland is bringing about holistic, far-reaching change through various tools, including a Green Recovery Plan and a Circular Economy B…
 
Our first episode investigates how consumerism is causing many of today’s global economic, social and environmental problems, and how individual livelihoods and national economies are driven by it. As populations, purchasing power and materialism grow, we must confront the biggest challenges - the linear economy, globally interconnected supply chai…
 
Episode 2 explores production, from materials and design to human resources, energy and extending producer responsibility. Supply chains are no longer just about physical goods; there is also the data, and who owns that is a hot topic. Concepts like Cradle-to-Cradle have been around for two decades and, more recently, COVID-19 has disrupted global …
 
Episode 3 takes an introspective approach, focusing on why we, as consumers, are so susceptible to wanting more than we need. By overconsuming, we are fast-tracking climate change, destroying ecologies, exponentially increasing waste, and finding ourselves caught on a hamster wheel. While materialism gives us a temporary high as it feeds our insecu…
 
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