SDGs are fundamental to understand the reality we live in, says Pedro Jacobi

The event The Sustainable Development Goals – Challenges for Planning and Environmental Governance in the Macrometrópole Paulista will take place online tomorrow (9), at 14h. More information and the registration link can be found at this link .

In an interview with the Jornal da USP no Ar today’s (8), Pedro Jacobi, one of the exhibitors at the event and a collaborating researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IEA) at USP with the USP Global Cities Program, explains that the seminar will address a project of research that studies how the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are implemented in the metropolitan regions of São Paulo, along with other environmental governance themes. The set of studies in this research resulted in the publication of a book, with the contribution of 54 authors, which will be available online at the event.

For the teacher, the SDGs serve as a conduit for the ability to understand how the environmental theme directly affects a set of variables in other areas, such as education, health and consumption. These objectives represent a set of aspects that show the transformations that need to be happening and materializing, explains Jacobi. In this sense, his research group produced a podcast, called Socio-Environmental Dialogues , which explains each of the SDGs in 17 different episodes. The podcast can be heard on this link or on this Spotify link .

Jacobi points out that the SDGs are a major challenge in the Macrometrópole Paulista, as this covers a conurbation of metropolitan regions that form one of the largest clusters in the Southern Hemisphere. but also at local levels. For him, it is essential to understand how the sustainability goals are achieved in each location and apply them regionally, with a joint role of municipal and state governments acting in accordance with civil society.

The expert says that there is a difficulty in bringing the concepts of the SDGs in a way that is accessible to society in general, which he treats with extreme importance. He stresses that it is necessary to think about how to bring this conversation to schools, universities and companies in a more comprehensive way for citizens, so that they understand how the SDGs are essential to understand the reality they live in. According to Jacobi, one of the main concerns of his study is “to produce accessible and citizen science”. And he adds: “The University has the role of making all this knowledge ever closer to the life of the citizen”.

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