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Decolonising sustainability

Sustainability sciences are full of hidden biases

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When you hear about ecology, veganism, ecofeminism, what persona do you see?

At first glance, sustainability sciences may seem as if they’re neutral ways to study how we can sustain the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

The problem is that since ecological transition and sustainability have become mainstream, we often associate sustainability, ecofeminism, and veganism with white people.

This means that sustainability sciences are full of hidden biases.

It is important to confront the colonial legacies that, to this day, perpetuate the notion that certain lives and ways of life are ‘unproductive’, ‘destructive’ and so on. For example, the "Southern" nations would be lagging behind in environmental protection, and non-western foods would be less healthy.

By what means can we forge links between feminist and anti-racist struggles on the one hand and environmental struggles on the other? How can we raise awareness of the green practices that exist in non-male and non-white circles?

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PhD in physical & analytical chemistry, Dr. Ngomsik is a climate change & corporate social responsibility strategist. Dr. Ngomsik is the CEO & co-founder of Trianon Scientific Communication; a management consulting firm that helps businesses with the highest CO2 emissions to reconcile sustainability & profitability. For the last 20 years, she has been working with board members and executives to raise awareness, ingrain CSR in their business strategy, green their operations, train decision makers and explore green innovations. Dr. Ngomsik believes that people, planet, and profit should be tackled concomitantly to answer today’s sustainable challenges. As a matter of fact, diverse leadership and inclusive environments foster innovation, problem-solving skills, produce increased revenue, and decrease CO2 emissions of their organisation faster. This is what she infuses in her practice. In short term, Dr. Ngomsik uses corporate environmental and social sustainability as a medicine for more profitability. Therefore, Dr Ngomsik does not only strategize the way to decrease CO2 emissions of a business, but also increasing inherent & acquired diversity among decision makers of any organisation. Dr. Ngomsik is often sought as a keynote speaker because she excels in communicating complex ideas into easily understandable anecdotes, the way of interacting with the public is always seen as very inclusive and fun, and she is one of the rare speaker able to make the link between the 3P (People, Planet, Profit).

Dr. Audrey-Flore Ngomsik

TEDx speaker, named “most inspiring women in sustainability”, Audrey-Flore uses science to positively influence businesses to take actions to solve climate change challenges.

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