Early-career experts essential for planetary sustainability

Michelle Lim, Abigail J. Lynch, Álvaro Fernández-Llamazares, Lenke Balint, Zeenatul Basher, Ivis Chan, Pedro Jaureguiberry, A. A.A. Mohamed, Tuyeni H. Mwampamba, Ignacio Palomo, Patricio Pliscoff, Rashad A. Salimov, Aibek Samakov, Odirilwe Selomane, Uttam B. Shrestha, Anna A. Sidorovich

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Early-career experts can play a fundamental role in achieving planetary sustainability by bridging generational divides and developing novel solutions to complex problems. We argue that intergenerational partnerships and interdisciplinary collaboration among early-career experts will enable emerging sustainability leaders to contribute fully to a sustainable future. We review 16 international, interdisciplinary, and sustainability-focused early-career capacity building programs. We conclude that such programs are vital to developing sustainability leaders of the future and that decision-making for sustainability is likely to be best served by strong institutional cultures that promote intergenerational learning and involvement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-157
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
StatePublished - Dec 2017
Externally publishedYes

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