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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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Practices and barriers in sustainability education: A case study of Osakas university

Behind the recent recognition of sustainability as an educational theme are growing concerns about climate change and the increasing environmental impacts of human activities. Sustainability education is essential for building sustainable societies that can overcome global environmental problems in relation not just to the environment but also to existing social and economic systems. However, conventional education at universities has not yet fully addressed the implementation measures required for developing the human resources that can contribute to resolving these problems. Conventional specialized instruction in the modern natural sciences and social sciences is representative of Descartes’ reductionism in that its objective is to acquire the necessary skills from the knowledge systems developed through this education, but in doing so no fundamental attempt is made to answer questions beyond the scope of such systems. Hence something is needed that goes beyond the boundaries of conventional professional education in order to provide an education that offers comprehensive solutions and visions pertinent to the issues addressed by sustainability.

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