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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.

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Overview of sustainability education

The twentieth century was an era of rapid advancement in science and technology and of the expansion of regional economies into a worldwide network (in other words, a global economy). Production, transportation and consumption grew drastically throughout the world, and the global population rose from 1.7 billion at the beginning of the twentieth century to 6.0 billion in 2000. Yet, hidden behind this dramatic economic growth, various issues remain unsolved.

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