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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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Conclusion part 2

As noted in Chapter 1 of this volume, sustainability science can overcome the conditions that contribute to the breakdown of global, social and human systems and the links among them only if it can mobilize all relevant fields of study in the effort to identify the phenomena and solve the problems that threaten the sustainability of these systems. To accomplish this crucial task, it is not enough simply to compile the fruits of research conducted under the old model of mutually isolated, compartmentalized academic disciplines seeking specific solutions to specific problems. A practical approach to integrating the sciences and the humanities must also be devised if such “integration” is not to remain an empty slogan.

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