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Stanford scientists discuss what makes big sustainability efforts stick

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Jul 24 2020
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Humanity is on a road to more extinctions, shakier food supplies, longer droughts and more frequent spillovers of dangerous viruses from wildlife. A transition toward greater sustainability will require collaboration among public, private and civil society groups, according to Stanford University scientists who have combed through some of the biggest sustainability efforts from the past 25 years to understand what makes solutions take hold at large scale.

In a perspective article published July 24 in the journal One Earth, the researchers describe lessons for implementing lasting change, including insights on designing successful collaborations and making sure benefits are equitably shared.

Study co-author Hajin Kim is a 2012 Stanford Graduate Fellow.

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