Public Talk 

Date:     Wednesday 18th April 2018

Time:   13:30 – 15:00

Venue:  R Burrenchobay Lecture Theatre (RBLT), Faculty of Agriculture

‘Our Sustainability Challenges: Climate Change, Health,and Animal Wellbeing’

by Prof Pim Martens

Prof P Martens holds the chair of 'Sustainable Development' at Maastricht University Graduate School of Sustainability Science, Netherlands, and is also Extraordinary Professor at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Apart from his scientific work, Pim Martens is also a scientist, intending to contribute to a better, more sustainable society. Pim Martens is founder of AnimalWise, a ‘think and do tank’ integrating scientific knowledge and animal advocacy to bring about sustainable change in our relationship with animals.

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Faculty of Agriculture, University of Mauritius, Réduit


If we look at the many sustainability indicators that have been developed over the years, it is striking to see that animal-and human health and wellbeing hardly plays a role. The reason that ‘health and ‘sustainability’ are not often mentioned together in one sentence is likely to be found in the fact that the sustainability debate has been hijacked in recent years by industry and governments.. How shortsighted this is, has been illustrated by the various outbreaks of animal diseases in intensive farming, and the development of antibiotic resistance of many pathogens because our cattle are given too many antibiotics, and the spread of various vector-borne and zoonotic diseases. These are just some examples, but it is increasingly clear that our own well-being is closely connected with the welfare of the animals with whom we live, and that this is influenced by (global) environmental changes like climate change and biodiversity loss. With this in mind, we need to initiate further the study of sustainable human-animal relationships, coupled with promoting action to improve the well-being of animals. In this presentation, human-animal relationships will be linked to concepts and tools from sustainability science and some examples – climate change, biodiversity– will be discussed.

 Contact person:  Assoc. Prof B M F Driver;; Ext 7655