ABOUT THE INITIATIVE
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other digital technologies have the potential to help tackle some of the world’s most pressing societal problems, such as climate change, biodiversity, food insecurity, public health risks, and equity. The transformational capabilities of the digital age might even be a necessity to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, as set out by the United Nations (UN).
Yet, global sustainability is not an inevitable outcome of the digital revolution. In fact, the digital transformation has helped drive the exponential rise of the human imprint on the natural environment that now threatens the resilience of Earth systems, and there remains a significant risk that technological advancement will exacerbate inequalities and escalate social injustice. The digital revolution has the potential to help transform society to a more sustainable and equitable world – but only if there is a conscious effort to steer it in that direction.
Future Earth’s Sustainability in the Digital Age initiative explores the opportunities and challenges of leveraging the digital revolution to enhance global sustainability and equity and aims to forge multi-stakeholder partnerships and foster actions to make this vision a reality.
The underlying assumption of this initiative is that societal transformations to global sustainability will not be achieved through centralized, top-down planning. Rather, they will emerge through a diversity of bottom-up disruptions from a range of sectors and world regions. The challenge – and the opportunity – is to simultaneously create enabling conditions to unleash positive, bottom-up transformative change while also steering the multitude of disruptions toward a common goal: societal transformations to a sustainable, climate-safe, and equitable world.
Executive Director, Future Earth
Manager, Sustainability in the Digital Age
Communications Coordinator, Future Earth
Executive Assistant, Future Earth
EXPERT ADVISORY COMMITTEE
An international team of diverse experts convened to guide the development of the D^2S Agenda.
Executive Director, Sustainable Water Future Program; Associate Professor, Griffith University
Global Sustainability Writer and Expert, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
Professor, Université Laval; Director, International Observatory on the Societal Impacts of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Technologies (OBVIA)
Professor, École Nationale Supérieure d’Informatique pour l’Industrie et l’Entreprise (ENSIIE) & Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
Asunción Lera St. Clair
Senior Principal Scientist, DNV GL; Senior Advisor, Barcelona Supercomputing Center