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"We live in a world made possible through the interaction and interrelation of multiple environmental and social systems. They highlight the interconnected, mutually dependent, and dynamic relationships between humans and the environment. By now, we know that system within which we operate, dominated by humans, is fundamentally unsustainable. The United in Science 2020 report (published last week) presents up-to-date information on the state of climate change. It shows how “human-induced climate change is affecting life-sustaining systems, from the top of the mountains to the depths of the oceans, leading to accelerating sea-level rise, with cascading effects for ecosystems and human security.” Alarming findings come with the 2020 Living Planet report, according to which the population of animals globally has dropped by nearly 70% over the past 50 years. Yet, there is still a chance to reverse these trends. Communities worldwide, scientists included, are calling for transformational change and for so-called sustainability transitions.
Along with these calls, a new area of design practice emerges, named transition design. Irwin (2015) explains, it “advocates design-led societal transition towards more sustainable futures.” Through my contribution to Multi-Multi, I want to introduce the transition design framework, engage the audience in envisioning the sustainable future, and think about what transformational change a for a future within the social-ecological boundaries of our planet would actually entail."
Research Institute for Botanical Linguistics (RIBL) is a collaboration of international designers with an interdisciplinary design and research approach since 2017. RIBL’s main aspiration is to explore interdependencies between humans and non-humans as a response to the Anthropocene and its stated negative impact on nature. Goal is to question human centred knowledge production and human-centered design strategies to overcome the unequal distribution of power and exploitation.