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SBE 2020: Submission Detail

ID Number: 151
Title: Earth Stewardship: A framework to transform the trajectory of societys relationship to the biosphere
Lead Author: Chapin, F. Stuart
Abstract: Over the past half-century, human activities have accelerated the rates of climatic change and the degradation of Earths life-support system. A grand challenge facing humanity is to shift toward a more sustainable relationship between society and the biosphere. More specifically, our grand-challenge question is: What linkages between environment, human perceptions and actions, and institutional dynamics govern the sustainability of society and the biosphere in a globally coupled social-ecological system? Addressing this question requires societally relevant fundamental research that advances our understanding of people and nature as a coupled social-ecological system and identifies specific ways in which this understanding can be implemented. We suggest a strategy in which academic societies collaborate through interdisciplinary working groups to develop to a strategic action plan in the following steps: (1) workshops that identify and clarify the critical interdisciplinary questions, (2) engagement of academic-society membership through white papers in key journals and joint symposia, (3) workshops of academics and practitioners to redefine and implement promising strategies, and (4) workshops of academics, practitioners, and educators to develop and disseminate education and communication strategies.
PDF: Chapin_FStuart_151.pdf

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