Ilan Kelman: "Sustainable Island Life?"
- Date: –15:00
- Location: Campus Gotland - E22 (in the Almedal Library)
- Organiser: Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology
- Contact person: Owe Ronström
The Research Programme Sustainable Visits
Islands belong to the world's richest biotopes. Therefore islands are also particularly vulnerable to devastation and environmental impact. Today, many islands are threatened by excessive use and climate change.
Islands around the world are also used as laboratories for attempts to stop devastation and climate impact. So also in Gotland, where experiments with new systems for water and energy supply are underway. What challenges do islanders face? Do islanders have a special responsibility for sustainable development?
Professor Ilan Kelman, University College London: "Sustainable island life?"
Due to assumed constraints on population size, resources, and external connections, many island communities state that they face significant challenges. Yet many advantages and opportunities can sometimes appear, although they might not always be wanted. This talk raises questions about the possibilities for sustainable island life, using examples from the tropics to the poles. Tourism, waste management, and a clean environment are considered, examining aspects of being unique, being creative, and being ethical.