Designing our Future

Local Perspectives on Bioproduction, Ecosystems and Humanity

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This volume focuses primarily on society at the local and regional levels and on a scenario in which human beings coexist harmoniously with nature. This ideal society is examined in terms of the relationships between villages or towns and their natural environment. It also looks at how these villages and towns can achieve local or regional independence in the face of pressures toward centralization and globalization. This book highlights the importance of developing a society in harmony with nature through the networking of diverse communities to promote and achieve local independence.



Towards a sustainable world through positive feedback loops between critical issues

Specialists at Hokkaido University have clearly stated that global warming may possibly increase through drastic change caused by positive feedback between ecosystems and climate systems through geochemical components. These drastic changes will have an impact on biological resources both on land and in the ocean. It is therefore necessary to keep a close watch on sensitive areas such as ice sheets as well as warning signals from particular indices, including sea ice cover in the Arctic. Information about these changes and their impact needs to be given appropriate publicity so that global citizens can make informed decisions.


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