The final conference of the SPREAD Sustainable Lifestyles 2050 Project, coordinated by the CSCP, was a big success. Over 220 experts, policymakers, activists, business representatives and scientists from all over Europe came together to learn about the project’s findings from state of the art research on impacts, behaviour change, social innovation and policy to a future vision to more sustainable lifestyles in Europe.
Vision for sustainable future came to life
The meeting put action at the centre of the dialogue with experts and practitioners invited to share their views, ideas and recommendations to activate the EU Sustainable Lifestyles Roadmap and Action Plan to 2050. The conference aimed to share a new vision for a sustainable, inclusive and green growth economy in Europe that supports societies of diverse lifestyles that minimize impact on the environment while continuing to improve health, well being and quality of life. It sought to bring that vision to life through future scenarios of sustainable living acted out on stage; with a life-size roadmap offering ideas, opportunity spaces and recommendations for policy-makers, businesses, and civil society organisations to activate the drivers of change towards more sustainable living and through the stories of practitioners whose initiatives are already enabling more sustainable living.
CSCP's SPREAD team with material footprint map
Individual material footprint
On the individual level, most participants took the chance to calculate their personal material footprint in the market place or receive a copy of the magazine EUROPEAN LIFESTYLES - The Future Issue which presents all project outcomes in a very colourful and easy way.
Click here to calculate your own material footprint and see pictures of the conference.
Commissioner: Europe’s important role
Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, underlined in her welcome keynote the importance of the SPREAD Roadmap and Action Plan for 2050. She acknowledged that SPREAD is at the forefront of the efforts to enable sustainable living in 2050 refering to the important role of Europe to demonstrate to the world that sustainable living is possible and desirable and the importance of policies that support the transition to a sustainable, inclusive and green economy in Europe.
Domenico Rossetti di Valdalbero, Principal Administrator at the EC, Social Sciences and Humanities Programme, Directorate General for Research and Innovation and Carina Törnblom, Head of Unit Consumer Strategy, Representation and International Relations, Directorate-General for Health and Consumers provided inputs from the research and consumer point of view.
Click here to see the presentations and the participants list
Wall of commitment
The conference ended with a commitment wall of actions that participating individuals, practitioners and organisations from policy to business, civil society and citizen movements pledge to take forward to activate the EU Sustainable Lifestyles Roadmap and Action Plan 2050.
The outputs presented at the conference will be ready for download shortly.
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