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Great Debate comes to Living Planet Conference 2018

Join us at the Living Planet Conference Great Debate where we will tackle how we manage the interlinkages between the social, environmental and economic dimensions of sustainable development.

Einstein was onto something when he said that we can’t solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. It is not a giant leap of logic to assume that we need to disrupt the mainstream thinking in order to solve South African’s critical developmental issues of unemployment, poverty, inequality and environmental destruction.

Evolved from WWF’s Fulcrum Forum debates, the Living Planet Conference Great Debate 2018 is designed to disrupt the traditional and mainstream thinking around solving South Africa’s critical developmental issues.

Is growth the silver bullet for addressing poverty and inequality? Do we pursue growth the detriment of the environment? Or is environmental integrity critical to ensuring that we address poverty and to protect the most vulnerable citizens – the poor – from environmentally related shocks?

Thought leaders, leaders from government, labour, civil society, and citizens will converge to debate this year’s topic: Growth at any cost: How do we balance social, environmental and economic needs in the pursuit of sustainable development? It promises an evening of provocative discussion and a cross-pollination of new solutions to address the urgent environmental, social and economic challenges that face South Africa.

Featured at the debate are Zwelinzima Vavi, secretary-general of the South African Federation of Trade Unions, Pavan Sukhdev, president of WWF International, and Nicky Weimar, a senior economist with Nedbank. Professor Danny Bradlow, of the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria, will facilitate.


Time: 17h00 for 17h30-19h00
Venue: The Maslow Hotel, Sandton, Johannesburg
(Drinks and networking to follow.)

To attend the Great Debate, please register with Hlengiwe Zwane or Reinhardt Arp by no later than 20 July.
The LPC Great Debate will provoke new thoughts and ideas to address the urgent environmental, social and economic challenges that face South Africa.

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