Video: People, Animals, and the Environment in Sustainability Policy

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In July 2020, Animal People attended the annual United Nations High Level Political Forum as a member of the Animal Issues Thematic Cluster. As part of this event, Animal People Executive Director Wolf Gordon Clifton conducted a series of interviews with experts on various aspects of animal protection and sustainability. We will be releasing recordings of those interviews here on Animal People Forum.

In the video below, Dr. Andrew Rowan, chief program officer for WellBeing International, speaks with Wolf Gordon Clifton about the connections between the wellbeing of humans, animals, and the environment. Dr. Rowan discusses whether the sustainable development paradigm can make change for animals, how much of a priority animal protection is in international law and policy, and how animal advocates can best work towards better laws and policies to protect animals.


Featured image: a villager walks in the haze caused by palm oil plantation fires. Deforestation and destruction caused by palm oil plantation effect the wellbeing of humans, animals, and the environment alike. Image credit Muhammad Adimaja / Greenpeace, CC BY-SA 2.0.

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