Contributors: Vadovics, Edina (Greendependent)
Edina Vadovics (M.Sc, M.Phil) is director of GreenDependent Institute and president of GreenDependent Association, both with the mission to promote and research sustainable and converging ('equity within limits') lifestyles, with a focus on enabling small groups and connecting research and action.
Scientific paper contribution 1: Equity within Limits: introducing Convergence Mapping and initiatives with Contraction as well as Equity processes
Key words: Sustainability; Contraction and Convergence; Case studies
Abstract: Convergence Mapping was developed and tested in the CONVERGE project. It is designed to show how various initiatives address the imperatives of living within the limits of the planet and sharing its resources more equitably. First, the theoretical background of the CONVERGE project is introduced. Following this, a summary description of the methodological approach taken when developing Convergence Mapping is provided. Convergence Mapping employs 2 five item scales and can be used to illustrate the ‘limits’ and ‘equity’ components of sustainability and development initiatives. Then specific initiatives from different fields and scales are introduced to show how Convergence Mapping can be used, followed by an overview of initiatives that are placed high on both scales. To conclude, it is emphasized that a more holistic approach towards sustainability is needed, one that calls for more integration and cross-fertilization between social and environmental aspects, i.e. between equity and limits.
Scientific paper contribution 2: Sustainable Consumption in Hungary - what is small-footprint-living and can we make it attractive?
Keywords: small-footprint living, change agents, well-being, sustainable lifestyles
Abstract: The paper begins by providing a definition of small-footprint living through an overview of literature, practice. Then a summary of current consumption trends in Hungary is provided and compared to trends in the EU, and to a level that is considered sustainable in the literature. The aim of this analysis is to challenge the view that to achieve higher levels of well-being Hungary’s economy needs to grow and 'catch up' to consumption levels in Western Europe. It is argued that achieving and implementing sustainable lifestyles in Hungary is a different challenge from that in Western Europe as it is often not about scaling down from large-footprint lifestyles but accepting and valuing current smaller-footprint lifestyles. Following this, sustainable lifestyle campaigns are introduced. Their methodology and success in achieving and making small-footprint lifestyles attractive are detailed. Conclusions are drawn about what could be done to make these lifestyles more widely accepted.