For humanity to become nature-positive, actively supporting a sustainable future in which people live in harmony with nature.
To empower people and organizations to initiate and support transformative change towards sustainability.
CoSphere is a project of the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia. We are thankful to work on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Musqueam people.
As a project of a university (a colonial institution in a settler state), we know that science has often been used by those with power to oppress others, in particular Black and Indigenous people and people of colour. We are committed to wielding science as a tool for social and environmental justice. We believe that science plays an important role in complex multi-systems challenges such as global sustainability alongside other ways of knowing; and that science can help document and mitigate complex injustices perpetuated by people in part through the environment.
We foster a community in which all people are welcome.
We respect our planet and each other.
We share the scientific research that our evaluation protocols are based on, and the protocols themselves.
We create partnerships that work towards futures both better and wilder.
We believe that sustainable futures are rooted in Justice, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.