The COVID-19 coronavirus crisis is affecting all members of the Transformations to Sustainability community and posing new questions about how we understand social transformations. Researchers involved in various projects funded within the NORFACE – Belmont Forum programme Transformations to Sustainability (T2S) have shared their views on what their research can offer to the debates currently raging around the world, focusing on what the coronavirus means, what its impact will be, and its relationship to climate change, environmental degradation and social inequalities.
Earlier responses to the virus have exposed divisions and fault-lines in our societies and economies, but they have also generated new forms of solidarity and inventiveness, forcing people to rethink how we move around, how we interact with the human and non-human species around us, and more broadly how we live and consume. In the effort to achieve social justice and environmental sustainability, the importance of these capacities cannot be underestimated.
The input of the T2S researchers can promote discussion on transformations to sustainability in times of a global pandemic. Diverse and visionary perspectives on social transformation, of the kinds being developed through the T2S programme, are of utmost importance in the current circumstances.
All blogposts, interviews, news articles and other commentary produced by the broad Transformations to Sustainability community, including the researchers from the T2S projects, can be found on the T2S website.