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.



Core competencies

The previous section discussed the historical background and various issues associated with sustainability science in the twenty-first century, and confirmed that new education programmes are needed to develop the human resources capable of building a sustainable society. Therefore, alongside Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), which has grown in popularity internationally in recent years (see, for example, UNESCO, 2005, 2007), there is a need for education that can provide a comprehensive understanding of the global, social and human systems and their interrelationships. It is also desirable that the search continue for other diverse teaching methods as well.


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