Tough Talk # 1: Sustainability & Social Justice


How do sustainability and social justice conflict?

During our first tough talk, Planners Network grappled with the inherent, but often not so obvious, conflicts between sustainability and social justice. What really became evident from this Tough Talk is that planners should keep in mind equity when thinking about new sustainable development techniques which are emerging in the field. Furthermore, planners must consider the long term environmental implications of policies that address equity. What this requires is a new way of thinking about the problems and solutions planners address and create. The complicated nature of planning issues requires innovative, thoughtful, and progressive solutions.


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