Supporting SDGs should be accompanied by ongoing, critical conversations: Opinion

May 4, 2021
Several institutions have committed to supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), writes UBC Assistant Professor Sharon Stein, but an uncritical adoption of these goals may obscure the way these goals can potentially contribute to other social issues. Stein encourages institutions to engage in ongoing, critical conversations around the pursuit of SDGs and describes the importance of hearing Indigenous voices, “centering” the rights of nature, and balancing economic growth and ecological sustainability. “Universities should commit to pluralize and democratize their approaches to sustainability and development by ensuring that critical and alternative perspectives are not only welcomed but actually inform and shape institutional policies and practices,” writes Stein. University Affairs (National)