Reimagining the Human-Environment Relationship Through a Kaleidoscope

Day, Adam and Passarelli, David (2022). Reimagining the Human-Environment Relationship Through a Kaleidoscope. Reimagining the Human-Environment Relationship. UN University and UN Environment Programme.

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    Author Day, Adam
    Passarelli, David
    Title Reimagining the Human-Environment Relationship Through a Kaleidoscope
    Series Title Reimagining the Human-Environment Relationship
    Publication Date 2022-05-25
    Place of Publication New York and Geneva
    Publisher UN University and UN Environment Programme
    Pages 8
    Language eng
    Abstract This paper provides a framing for the collection of papers in this collection. The narratives in this collection are an attempt to retell our relationship with the environment and begin to recalibrate how power is distributed. They speak to the need for a radically different set of perspectives if we are to galvanize meaningful shifts in our approach to the environment. Indeed, if the decades of COP flops shows us anything, it is that consensus within the climate science community on the urgency of addressing our planetary trajectory is (absolutely necessary but) insufficient to drive broad behavioural changes. What is needed, and what this project attempts to offer, is a broader range of understandings of the human-environment relationship, a kaleidoscope of views that expose widely differing understandings of the place of humans in our ecosystem, our ethics, our economy, and our galaxy. It is our central argument that today’s Anthropocentric, humanist understanding of the environment is a dangerous form of myopia that fails to capture the different – at times contradictory – perspectives necessary to generate change at a global scale. Instead, we offer a transdisciplinary narrative, looking for commonalities across widely divergent practices, including law, ethics, religion, philosophy, resistance politics, complexity science, astrobiology, and indigenous traditions.
    Keyword Stockholm+50
    Stockholm Convention
    Paris Agreement
    Climate Action
    Copyright Holder United Nations University
    Copyright Year 2022
    Copyright type Creative commons
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