Sustainable Human Nature Relations

Sustainable Human   Nature Relations
Author: Giuseppe T. Cirella
Publsiher: Springer Nature
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2020-04-03
ISBN 10: 9811530491
ISBN 13: 9789811530494
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sustainable Human Nature Relations Book Review:

This book addresses sustainability thinking and the bigger picture, by taking into consideration how and from where contemporary schools of thought emerged approximately a quarter-century ago. Evidence from the literature illustrates a number of key concepts and techniques that have been tested and continue to be tested, within various multi-disciplinary fields, on societal functionality. Research into sustainable societies needs to be sound, ethical, and creative. A cross-sectoral, interdisciplinary examination of challenges and strategies is used to interlink sustainability thinking and human-nature relations. With an ever-growing number of people now concentrated within urban areas, providing not only environmental quality and livable space, but also security and resilient urban systems, is becoming increasingly important. This urbanization trend has overlapped with environmental degradation, consumption of natural resources, habitat loss, and overall ecosystem change. Consequently, the goal is for cleaner, safer societies – with higher standards of living – to excel in support of current and future generational communities. The book tackles these challenges by integrating environmental scholarship, economic evaluation, and urban strategies under one umbrella of thought. The relational paradigms presented include examples that correlate developed and developing countries, socioeconomics and community development, and governance of knowledge and education. As such, the book argues, furthering of knowhow should be accessible and shared in order to achieve maximum innovation and benefit. Sustainability thinking, after all, is a metric for intrinsic human-nature relations in terms of past performance, present development, and future goals. This book discusses this metric and offers novel approaches to growing societies and what we can do next.

Planning Wild Cities

Planning Wild Cities
Author: Wendy Steele
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 148
Release: 2020-10-13
ISBN 10: 1317422082
ISBN 13: 9781317422082
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Planning Wild Cities Book Review:

This book critically engages with the contemporary challenges and opportunities of wild cities in a climate of change. A key focus of the book is exploring the nexus of possibilities for wild cities and the eco-ethical imagination needed to drive sustainable and resilient urban pathways. Many now have serious doubts about the prospects for humanity to live within cities that are socially just and responsive to planetary limits. Is it possible for planning to better serve, protect and nurture our human and non-human worlds? This book argues it is. Drawing on international literature and Australian case examples, this book explores issues around climate change, colonization, urban (in)security and the rights to the city for both humans and nature. It is within this context that this book focuses on the urgent need to better understand how contemporary cities have changed, and the relational role of planning within it. Planning Wild Cities will be of particular interest to students and scholars of planning, urban studies, and sustainable development, and for all those invested in re-shaping our ‘wild’ city futures.

Ontology and Closeness in Human Nature Relationships

Ontology and Closeness in Human Nature Relationships
Author: Neil H. Kessler
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 343
Release: 2018-10-10
ISBN 10: 3319992740
ISBN 13: 9783319992747
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ontology and Closeness in Human Nature Relationships Book Review:

In Ontology and Closeness in Human-Nature Relationships, Neil H. Kessler identifies the preconceptions which can keep the modern human mind in the dark about what is happening relationally between humans and the more-than-human world. He has written an accessible work of environmental philosophy, with a focus on the ontology of human-nature relationships. In it, he contends that large-scale environmental problems are intimate and relational in origin. He also challenges the deeply embedded, modernist assumptions about the relational limitations of more-than-human beings, ones which place erroneous limitations on the possibilities for human/more-than-human closeness. Diverging from the posthumanist literature and its frequent reliance on new materialist ontology, the arguments in the book attempt to sweep away what ecofeminists call “human/nature dualisms. In doing so, conceptual avenues open up that have the power to radically alter how we engage in our daily interactions with the more-than-human world all around us. Given the diversity of fields and disciplines focused on the human-nature relationship, the topics of this book vary quite broadly, but always converge at the nexus of what is possible between humans and more-than-human beings. The discussion interweaves the influence of human/nature dualisms with the limitations of Deleuzian becoming and posthumanism’s new materialism and agential realism. It leverages interhuman interdependence theory, Charles Peirce’s synechism of feeling and various treatments of Theory of Mind while exploring the influence of human/nature dualisms on sustainability, place attachment, common worlds pedagogy, emergence, and critical animal studies. It also explores the implications of plant electrical activity, plant intelligence, and plant “neurobiology” for possibilities of relational capacities in plants while even grappling with theories of animism to challenge the animate/inanimate divide. The result is an engaging, novel treatment of human-nature relational ontology that will encourage the reader to look at the world in a whole new way.

Psychology of Sustainable Development

Psychology of Sustainable Development
Author: Peter Schmuck,Wesley P. Schultz
Publsiher: Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages: 327
Release: 2012-12-06
ISBN 10: 1461509955
ISBN 13: 9781461509950
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Psychology of Sustainable Development Book Review:

Human activity overuses the resources of the planet at a rate that will severely compromise the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Changes toward sustainability need to begin within the next few years or environmental deterioration will become irreversible. Thus the need to develop a mindset of sustainable development - the ability of society to meet its needs without permanently compromising the earth's resources - is pressing. The Psychology of Sustainable Development clarifies the meaning of the term and describes the conditions necessary for it to occur. With contributions from an international team of policy shapers and makers, the book will be an important reference for environmental, developmental, social, and organizational psychologists, in addition to other social scientists concerned with the impact current human activity will have on the prospects of future generations.

Human nature Interactions in the Anthropocene

Human nature Interactions in the Anthropocene
Author: Marion Glaser
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 231
Release: 2012
ISBN 10: 0415510007
ISBN 13: 9780415510004
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Human nature Interactions in the Anthropocene Book Review:

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Hope and Grief in the Anthropocene

Hope and Grief in the Anthropocene
Author: Lesley Head
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 194
Release: 2016-02-22
ISBN 10: 1317576446
ISBN 13: 9781317576440
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hope and Grief in the Anthropocene Book Review:

The Anthropocene is a volatile and potentially catastrophic age demanding new ways of thinking about relations between humans and the nonhuman world. This book explores how responses to environmental challenges are hampered by a grief for a pristine and certain past, rather than considering the scale of the necessary socioeconomic change for a 'future' world. Conceptualisations of human-nature relations must recognise both human power and its embeddedness within material relations. Hope is a risky and complex process of possibility that carries painful emotions; it is something to be practised rather than felt. As centralised governmental solutions regarding climate change appear insufficient, intellectual and practical resources can be derived from everyday understandings and practices. Empirical examples from rural and urban contexts and with diverse research participants - indigenous communities, climate scientists, weed managers, suburban householders - help us to consider capacity, vulnerability and hope in new ways.

Sustainable Interdisciplinarity

Sustainable Interdisciplinarity
Author: Giuseppe T. Cirella,Alessio Russo
Publsiher: MDPI
Total Pages: 188
Release: 2020-01-23
ISBN 10: 303928116X
ISBN 13: 9783039281169
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sustainable Interdisciplinarity Book Review:

Sustainable interdisciplinarity focuses on human–nature relations and a multitude of contemporary overlapping research between society and the environment. A variety of disciplines have played a large part in better understanding sustainable development since its high-profile emergence approximately a quarter of a century ago. At present, the forefront of sustainability research is an array of methods, techniques, and growing knowledge base that considers past, present, and future pathways. Specific multidisciplinary concentrations within the scope of societal changes, urban landscape transformations, international environmental comparative studies, as well as key theories and dynamics relating to sustainable performance are explored. Specializations in complex sustainability issues address international governance arrangements, rules, and organizations—both public and private—within the scope of four themes: sustainability, human geography, environment, and interdisciplinary societal studies. This book contains eleven thoroughly refereed contributions concerning pressing issues that interlink sustainable interdisciplinarity with the presented themes in terms of the human–nature interface.

Strongly Sustainable Societies

Strongly Sustainable Societies
Author: Karl Johan Bonnedahl,Pasi Heikkurinen
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 316
Release: 2018-09-27
ISBN 10: 1351173626
ISBN 13: 9781351173629
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Strongly Sustainable Societies Book Review:

The response of the international community to the pressing socio-ecological problems has been framed around the concept of ‘sustainable development’. The ecological pressure, however, has continued to rise and mainstream sustainability discourse has proven to be problematic. It contains an instrumental view of the world, a strong focus on technological solutions, and the premise that natural and human-made ‘capitals’ are substitutable. This trajectory, which is referred to as ‘weak sustainability’, reproduces inequalities, denies intrinsic values in nature, and jeopardises the wellbeing of humans as well as other beings. Based on the assumptions of strong sustainability, this edited book presents practical and theoretical alternatives to today’s unsustainable societies. It investigates and advances pathways for humanity that are ecologically realistic, ethically inclusive, and receptive to the task’s magnitude and urgency. The book challenges the traditional anthropocentric ethos and ontology, economic growth-dogma, and programmes of ecological modernisation. It discusses options with examples on different levels of analysis, from the individual to the global, addressing the economic system, key sectors of society, alternative lifestyles, and experiences of local communities. Examining key topics including human–nature relations and wealth and justice, this book will be of great interest to students and scholars of environmental and development studies, ecological economics, environmental governance and policy, sustainable business, and sustainability science.

Critiquing Sustainability Changing Philosophy

Critiquing Sustainability  Changing Philosophy
Author: Jenneth Parker
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 243
Release: 2014-03-21
ISBN 10: 1136214666
ISBN 13: 9781136214660
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Critiquing Sustainability Changing Philosophy Book Review:

To increasing numbers of people, sustainability is the key challenge of the twenty-first century. In the many fields where it is a goal, persistent problems obstruct the efforts of those trying to make a difference. The task of this book is to provide an overview of the current state of philosophy in the context of what philosophy is, could be or should be – in relation to sustainability and the human future on Earth. The book is conceived as a contribution to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, helping to link work on philosophy and sustainability. Critiquing Sustainability, Changing Philosophy focusses on the importance of philosophical work to the formation and effectiveness of global civil society and social movements for sustainability in the context of the Anthropocene age of the Earth. It takes a transdisciplinary systems approach that challenges philosophy and concludes by proposing a greatly enhanced role for philosophy in contributing to global public reason for sustainability. This book will be of interest to philosophers, sustainability practitioners and thinkers, policy makers and all those engaged in the global movement for sustainability.

Non Human Nature in World Politics

Non Human Nature in World Politics
Author: Joana Castro Pereira,André Saramago
Publsiher: Springer Nature
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2020-08-26
ISBN 10: 3030494969
ISBN 13: 9783030494964
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Non Human Nature in World Politics Book Review:

This book explores the interconnections between world politics and non-human nature to overcome the anthropocentric boundaries that characterize the field of international relations. By gathering contributions from various perspectives, ranging from post-humanism and ecological modernization, to new materialism and post-colonialism, it conceptualizes the embeddedness of world politics in non-human nature, and proposes a reorientation of political practice to better address the challenges posed by climate change and the deterioration of the Earth’s ecosystems. The book is divided into two main parts, the first of which addresses new ways of theoretically conceiving the relationship between non-human nature and world politics. In turn, the second presents empirical investigations into specific case studies, including studies on state actors and international organizations and bodies. Given its scope and the new perspectives it shares, this edited volume represents a uniquely valuable contribution to the field.

Human Settlements

Human Settlements
Author: Giuseppe T. Cirella
Publsiher: Springer Nature
Total Pages: 268
Release: 2021-09-08
ISBN 10: 9811640319
ISBN 13: 9789811640315
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Human Settlements Book Review:

The answers to the questions of why and how people live where they live as well as how they maintain and integrate with one another are fundamental human settlement issues rooted in history and culture. Human settlements are historically linked to resource availability, fortification, and the mythos of civilizations. Cities play a central role in redefining the interface between human beings and nature. They have revolutionized the human experience by taming natural surroundings and building environments that are human-centric—often narrowing human life outside the experience of wilderness or the untamed. This book is divided into three parts, it examines urban development trends, explores perspectives in energy efficiency and agriculture security, and considers policy development and future scenarios in human-nature relations. It is a compendium of multidisciplinary work that challenges the directions of modernity and offers reference to alternatives. Authors come from a diverse background and international context to address common overarching theories facing current geography-specific problems. An interconnected overtone of the book attempts to link accelerated urbanization and settlement location to how societies are maintained and integrated. Human settlements are shaped by human ecology and the relationship between humans and their interaction with their environment. Two sectors central to human survival are specifically explored: energy and agriculture. Cutting-edge, smart development looks at the latest findings that reflect the on-going debate facing these sectors. A human settlement metric is envisioned in terms of the past, present, and future. This book is a unique attempt to combine a rethinking about human settlements for scientists, policy-makers, public officials, and people committed to improving urban life, society-wide. Possible agents to resolving human settlement problems include international cooperation and various mechanisms that interlace the international community. Methodological and applied aspects of sustainable management focus on topics such as adaptive knowledge sharing, renewable energy, climate change, agricultural planning, and policy development. An emphasis on scientific and technological advancement, from a bottom-up mapping of society, elucidates a better understanding of the role of knowledgeable societies in which need is considered alongside how such need can be sustained—advancing towards a more promising future.

Sustainability Ethics and Sustainability Research

Sustainability Ethics and Sustainability Research
Author: Christian Becker
Publsiher: Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages: 142
Release: 2011-10-11
ISBN 10: 9789400722859
ISBN 13: 9400722850
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sustainability Ethics and Sustainability Research Book Review:

The book identifies the specific ethical aspects of sustainability and develops ethical tools to analyze them. It also provides a methodological framework to integrate ethical and scientific analyses of sustainability issues, and explores the notion of a new type of self-reflective inter- and transdisciplinary sustainability research. With this, the book aims to strengthen the overall ability of academics to contribute to the analysis and solution of sustainability issues in an inclusive and integrated way.

Action Research for Sustainability

Action Research for Sustainability
Author: Jonas Egmose
Publsiher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Total Pages: 152
Release: 2015-02-28
ISBN 10: 1472442849
ISBN 13: 9781472442840
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Action Research for Sustainability Book Review:

How can action research further new research orientations towards sustainability? This book, empirically situated in the field of upstream public engagement, involving local residents, researchers and practitioners in bottom-up processes deliberating on urban sustainability, answers this question by analysing processes of social learning. The book addresses the need to move towards sustainability at societal level as a democratic challenge questioning the way we live on planet earth. By conceptualising sustain-ability as an immanent and emergent ability of ecological and social life, continuously to renew itself without eroding its own foundation of existence, it argues that since sustainability cannot be invented but only supported (or eroded) by science, we need to reframe science in the role of sustaining sustain-ability. Through analyses of a three year action research programme, aiming to provide local citizens with a greater say in the future of urban sustainability research, this book shows how action research can make important methodological contributions to processes of social learning between citizens and scientists by enabling free spaces in peoples everyday life and within academia, where aspects of un-sustainability can be addressed and new imaginations of more sustainable futures emerge.

Nature s Contributions to People On the Relation Between Valuations and Actions

Nature   s Contributions to People  On the Relation Between Valuations and Actions
Author: Marie Stenseke,Thomas H. Beery,Martin F. Quaas
Publsiher: Frontiers Media SA
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2021-08-26
ISBN 10: 2889712346
ISBN 13: 9782889712342
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Personal Sustainability

Personal Sustainability
Author: Oliver Parodi,Kaidi Tamm
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 214
Release: 2018-03-14
ISBN 10: 1351661183
ISBN 13: 9781351661188
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Personal Sustainability Book Review:

Transition to sustainability is stuck and academic research has not resulted in significant change so far. A large void in sustainability research and the understanding of sustainable development is an important reason for this. Personal Sustainability seeks to address this void, opening up a whole cosmos of sustainable development that has so far been largely unexplored. Mainstream academic, economic and political sustainable development concepts and efforts draw on the macro level and tend to address external, collective and global processes. By contrast, the human, individual, intra- and inter-personal aspects on the micro level are often left unaddressed. The authors of Personal Sustainability invite the reader on a self-reflecting journey into this unexplored inner cosmos of sustainable development, focusing on subjective, mental, emotional, bodily, spiritual and cultural aspects. Although these are intrinsically human aspects they have been systematically ignored by academia. To establish this new field in sustainability research means to leave the common scientific paths and expand the horizon. Together with authors from cultural studies, philosophy, anthropology, psychology, sociology, psychiatry, aesthetics and economics, and supported by contributions from practitioners, this book portrays different approaches to personal sustainability and reflects on their potentials and pitfalls, paving the way to cultures of sustainability. This book will be of great interest to researchers and students in the field of sustainability and sustainable development, as well as researchers from philosophy, anthropology, psychology, sociology, cultural studies, ethnology, educational research, didactics, aesthetics, economics, business and public administration.

Transition Pathways towards Sustainability in Agriculture

Transition Pathways towards Sustainability in Agriculture
Author: Lee-Ann Sutherland,Ika Darnhofer,Geoff Wilson,Lukas Zagata
Publsiher: CABI
Total Pages: 244
Release: 2014-11-24
ISBN 10: 1780642199
ISBN 13: 9781780642192
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Transition Pathways towards Sustainability in Agriculture Book Review:

Based on the research of an interdisciplinary team of sociologists, geographers and economists, this book focuses on understanding farming transitions in Europe. The book discusses the importance of understanding transition pathways towards sustainability using case studies from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Portugal and the United Kingdom. Assessing the utility of the multi-level perspective in transition theory for addressing contemporary issues, the book identifies future research needs and possible approaches, making this an essential read for researchers interested in issues of rural and agricultural change.

Prioritizing Sustainability Education

Prioritizing Sustainability Education
Author: Joan Armon,Stephen Scoffham,Chara Armon
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 254
Release: 2019-12-05
ISBN 10: 0429664249
ISBN 13: 9780429664243
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Prioritizing Sustainability Education Book Review:

Prioritizing Sustainability Education presents theory-to-practice essays and case studies by educators from six countries who elucidate dynamic approaches to sustainability education. Too often, students graduate with exploitative, consumer-driven orientations toward ecosystems and are unprepared to confront the urgent challenges presented by environmental degradation. Educators are prioritizing sustainability-oriented courses and programs that cultivate students’ knowledge, skills, and values and contextualize them within relational connections to local and global ecosystems. Little has yet been written, however, about the comprehensive sustainability education that educators are currently designing and implementing, often across or at the edges of disciplinary boundaries. The approaches described in this book expand beyond conventional emphases on developing students’ attitudes, knowledge, and behaviors by thinking and talking about ecosystems to additionally engaging students with ecosystems in sensory, affective, psychological, and cognitive dimensions, as well as imaginative, spiritual, or existential dimensions that guide environmental care and regeneration. This book supports educators and graduate and upper-level undergraduate students in the humanities, social sciences, environmental studies, environmental sciences, and professional programs in considering how to reorient their fields toward relational sustainability perspectives and practices.

Collaboration and Multi Stakeholder Engagement in Landscape Governance and Management in Africa

Collaboration and Multi Stakeholder Engagement in Landscape Governance and Management in Africa
Author: Nicola Favretto,Sheona Shackleton,Susannah M. Sallu,Chris Gordon,Nadine Methner,George Outa,Phosiso Sola,Likho Sikutshwa,Portia Adade Williams
Publsiher: MDPI
Total Pages: 222
Release: 2021-09-03
ISBN 10: 3036514775
ISBN 13: 9783036514772
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Collaboration and Multi Stakeholder Engagement in Landscape Governance and Management in Africa Book Review:

The severity of interconnected socio-economic and environmental impacts on landscapes and people across Africa are exacerbated as a result of land degradation, conflict, poor governance, competition for land and inequality, and exacerbated by climate change. In pursuing pathways towards a more resilient future, collaborative and multi-stakeholder governance and management of landscapes have been promoted by government agencies, NGOs and conservation organisations as a possible solution. However, there is no single way to achieve effective collaboration, and different landscape projects have experimented with different entry points and engagement processes. Grounded in partnerships amongst researchers, practitioners and development partners with expertise in landscape governance and management in Africa, this book describes and collates key lessons from practice for supporting more resilient and equitable landscapes.

Sustainable Interdisciplinarity Human Nature Relations

Sustainable Interdisciplinarity  Human Nature Relations
Author: Alessio Russo,Giuseppe Cirella
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 188
Release: 2020
ISBN 10: 9783039281176
ISBN 13: 3039281178
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sustainable Interdisciplinarity Human Nature Relations Book Review:

Sustainable interdisciplinarity focuses on human-nature relations and a multitude of contemporary overlapping research between society and the environment. A variety of disciplines have played a large part in better understanding sustainable development since its high-profile emergence approximately a quarter of a century ago. At present, the forefront of sustainability research is an array of methods, techniques, and growing knowledge base that considers past, present, and future pathways. Specific multidisciplinary concentrations within the scope of societal changes, urban landscape transformations, international environmental comparative studies, as well as key theories and dynamics relating to sustainable performance are explored. Specializations in complex sustainability issues address international governance arrangements, rules, and organizations--both public and private--within the scope of four themes: sustainability, human geography, environment, and interdisciplinary societal studies. This book contains eleven thoroughly refereed contributions concerning pressing issues that interlink sustainable interdisciplinarity with the presented themes in terms of the human-nature interface.

Competences in Education for Sustainable Development

Competences in Education for Sustainable Development
Author: Paul Vare,Nadia Lausselet,Marco Rieckmann
Publsiher: Springer Nature
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2022
ISBN 10: 3030910555
ISBN 13: 9783030910556
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Competences in Education for Sustainable Development Book Review:

This volume highlights key moments and movements in this "competence turn" in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), and explores the different ways in which competences have been conceptualized and implemented. By marshaling a dialogue between chapters and sections, the book provides a coherent whole that will become a key source on ESD competences. The contributors develop a conceptual map against which to chart existing (and future) ESD competence frameworks, offer new critical case studies that explore the implementation of educator competences in ESD at different structural levels in different European contexts, explore the link between pedagogy and educator competence through hitherto unpublished case studies based on current practices across Europe, and consider the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on ESD and educator competence. The book comprises 23 chapters divided into four sections, with an introduction and concluding chapter. Section One introduces concepts and models related to ESD competences, while the following two sections focus on implementation and pedagogy. In light of the foregoing material, the shorter Section Four is both reflective and forward looking. The primary audience for this book will be academics and students working in the fields of Education, Sustainability Science and related disciplines.