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Recalibrating Our Economic Compass: Embracing Circularity for a Healthy Planet

January 23 @ 11:15 am - 12:45 pm EST

Recalibrating Our Economic Compass: Embracing Circularity for a Healthy Planet

A new economic paradigm is no longer a mere option but an urgent necessity.

The circular economy, a model that mimics nature’s cyclical patterns, offers a concrete path toward a sustainable and equitable future, ushering in an era of resource stewardship and prosperity.

Circularity concepts challenge the fundamental assumptions of our “take-make-dispose linear economic system. The transition to a circular economy will require a fundamental change in how we design, produce, consume, and dispose of goods and services and view our planetary relations. This requires unprecedented collaboration among businesses, governments, and consumers.

Join the Security and Sustainability Forum and Routledge to engage in a meaningful dialogue with three seminal leaders in the field about the future of our economy and explore the pathways toward a more sustainable, resilient, and equitable global society.

A pioneer in the circular economy field and founder of the Product Life Institute, Walter Stahel is widely credited with coining the term “circular economy” in the 1970s. His prolific work, including The Circular Economy – A Users Guide, has laid the foundation and first floors for a paradigm shift away from the unsustainable linear model of “take-make-dispose” towards a circular one that emphasizes resource optimization, regeneration, and value preservation.

Sabine Oberhuber is an economist; together with Thomas Rau, she cofounded Turntoo, one of the first companies in the world to focus on the transition to a circular economy. The pair also authored Material Matters – Developing Business for a Circular Economy.

Thomas Rau is an architect, entrepreneur, innovator, and leading thought leader on sustainability and the circular economy. The Dutch Architect of the Year in 2013 and winner of the ARC13 Oeuvre Award for his widespread contribution to promoting and realizing sustainable architect and intentionally delivered lectures, TV documentaries, TED talks, and publications.

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January 23
11:15 am - 12:45 pm EST
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Toronto Climate Action Network
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