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.



Conclusion part 4

Sustainability science is “mode 2 science” that demonstrates its relevance through providing specific solutions to specific contexts, as discussed in Section 3-3. But sustainability science is more than just the collection of specific solutions to specific contexts. The knowledge used to provide specific solutions to specific contexts is sometimes called “tacit knowledge” or “prudence”, which is not transparent. But sustainability science should provide the means to visualize ways of providing specific solutions through transparent tools and methods as analysed in this chapter.


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