Sustainability Science

A Multidisciplinary Approach

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Sustainability science is an academic discipline that emerged in response to threats to the sustainability of the global environment. Its purpose is to help build a sustainable society by developing solutions to climate change, the exhaustion of resources, ecological destruction and other environmental crises that threaten the future of humanity. Sustainability science seeks comprehensive, integrated solutions to complex problems and a restructuring of education and research that spans multiple disciplines. It demands the development of policies that protect the natural and cultural diversity of different regions and promotes the physical and economic health of their inhabitants. This volume offers approaches to the development of a transdisciplinary perspective that embraces natural, social and human sciences in the quest for a sustainable society. It also strives for a global perspective while incorporating the wisdom and experience of local societies.



Public deliberation for sustainability governance: GMO debates in Hokkaido

Building a sustainable society requires public deliberation and participatory decision-making on environmental problems by citizens. Because top-down decision-making can lead to environmental discrimination, a democratic decision-making process is also indispensable in order to achieve environmental justice. Environmental discrimination is caused by the immaturity of democratic governance systems as well as by social discrimination. Debate on environmental problems inevitably involves conflicts over differing values, but solutions to such problems often require some kind of local knowledge. Citizens have the right to participate in decision-making concerning environmental policies and, as laypeople, may also be able to contribute to the solution of local environmental problems through their local knowledge.


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