STEPS at Planet Under Pressure

The STEPS Centre mounted a variety of activities at the Planet Under Pressure conference in London (March 26-29) from convening a key session to having an exhibition stand and holding an evening event to launch our book series.

PRESS RELEASE:  Rio+20 must radically rethink innovation (27 March 2012)

Key Sessions

Tuesday: Adrian Ely convened a key session, chaired by STEPS director Melissa Leach, entitled Pathways to Sustainability: opening up diverse technological futures in the green economy. We were delighted that Lawrence Gudza (Practical Action, South Africa) and Dinesh Abrol (National Institute for Science, Technology and Development Studies, India) were among those taking part. The session was held on Day 2 of the conference at 10.30am in Room 1.

Other sessions

Monday: Adrian Ely was on a panel discussing Global environmental change and sustainable development in least-developed countries from 16.00-17.30 in the ICC auditorium

Wednesday: Adrian Ely  presented in a session entitled Governance of Emerging Technologies in the Context of Sustainable Development, on Wednesday 28 March, 4pm, Room 4.

Wednesday: Alan Nicol presented in a session entitled Collective governance of shared resources: examples of sustainable approaches for complex multi-scale ‘commons’  at 16.00-17.30,

Thursday: Adrian Ely was be on a panel discussing Research and policy for sustainable consumption: what is needed? at 15.00-16.30 in Room 12.

Evening drinks book launch

Tuesday: And, at 5.30pm on the evening of Day 2 – Tuesday 27 March – we held a drinks event to celebrate the launch of our Pathways to Sustainability book series, published by Routledge-Earthscan.

Melissa was joined at the event by Johan Rockström, executive director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, who will say a few words. As well as two new books in the series to discuss – there were drinks and nibbles and plenty of opportunity to wind down and chat after a hard day’s conferencing. Exhibition stand

We had a stand in the exhibition area, where will be launching our Pathways to Sustainability book series and a variety of STEPS materials will be available, including free CDs of our two films, on maize innovation and water justice, and Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A New Manifesto. You can also take part in our Rio+20 video project, see below.

Video: Hopes for Rio+20

We’re asked people at Planet Under Pressure and other events to tell us what sustainable development issue they want to see addressed at the Rio+20 Earth Summit in June. Here are a selection of the responses we have collected so far:


You can also contribute your own messages for Rio+20 by commenting on our blog.

Also keep an eye on our Rio+20 and Beyond page, where will be posting material about our engagements at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in June 2012.