Pathways towards sustainable and just futures with and for disabled populations: a leverage points perspective

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Disabled populations are disproportionally affected by the current climate and environmental crises. However, they are hardly included and their knowledge is neglected in processes addressing these challenges. To achieve the UN Agenda 2030, societies should actively engage with the values, experiences and knowledge held by people with disabilities in science and policy contexts. In this paper, we suggest that addressing ‘deep’ leverage points by 1) recognising diverse valuations of and connections to nature by different social groups (i.e. re-connecting to nature), 2) including disabled populations in decision-making and knowledge creation (i.e. re-structuring institutions), and 3) promoting inclusive education and knowledge generation (i.e. re-thinking knowledge production) can facilitate the development of inclusive transformation pathways and foster sustainable human-nature relationships.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2274590
JournalEcosystems and People
Issue number1
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 05.11.2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung [01LN1710A1]. We thank Trevor Fristoe for his graphic support on Figure 1 and the three reviewers for their valuable feedback constructive comments on our manuscript.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

    Research areas

  • Climate change, disability, environmental justice, inclusion, sustainability, transformation, Zuzana V. Harmackova
  • Ecosystems Research