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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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Science and technology communication

The promotion of science and technology (S&T) communication is one of the top priorities on the current agendas of science, technology and innovation policy in industrial countries. On the one hand, S&T communication is expected to enhance public understanding of the science and technology that sustain our societies, drive our economies and affect our lives. The products and processes of science and technology are so prevalent in our societies that we cannot live without an appropriate understanding of their concepts, logics, mechanisms and effects. On the other hand, S&T communication is also expected to promote experts’ and policymakers’ understanding of public needs and concerns regarding the development and uses of science and technology. In contemporary democratic societies, policymakers cannot obtain legitimacy for their decisions on scientific and technological development without public consent.

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