Biosphere Stewardship and an Earth Ethic: How ought we to steward Planet Earth?
Contributed session - Multi-level governance and biosphere stewardship
Room 21 (30)
13:30 - 15:00
We have entered the Anthropocene: over the past 100 years, as the earth has seen for the first time large-scale environmental change driven by one species. We’ve already exceed key planetary boundaries and we know relatively little about others. We are the drivers of large scale, directional change; therein in lies the problem, but also the hope for a sustainable future. As Earth stewardship continues to grow, our systems for valuing nature will also need to develop. Just 50 years ago there was no formal philosophy devoted to understanding values in nature; now we have an active multi-disciplinary culture is search of an Earth Ethic, a tangible worldview that can define our obligation to change our behaviour to ensure a sustainable future for the biosphere.
Biocultural Sub-Antarctic Conservation Program, University of North Texas, Denton, TX, USA & Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity, Universidad de Magallanes, Omora Park, Chile, Puerto Williams, Cape Horn, Chile
1 Department of Environmental and Life Sciences, River Research Group (NRRV), Karlstad, Sweden, 2 Institute Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Faculty Social and Behavioural Sciences, Leiden University,, Leiden, Netherlands