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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 3

This chapter has discussed the history, concept and characteristics of sustainability science. The development of sustainability science has occurred in many places in the world. The reason for this phenomenon is that the problems we face today are complex and a single academic discipline alone cannot solve them. As discussed in nearly every section of this chapter, such problems as climate change, biodiversity, urbanization and poverty require the participation of various stakeholders with differing areas of knowledge and specialization. The process of solving complex problems such as these usually takes a long time and the solution pathways need to be modified according to the state of the society or the natural environment.

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