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Title Natural resources, sustainability and humanity : a comprehensive view / Angela Mendonca, Ana Cunha, Ranjan Chakrabarti, editors
Published Dordrecht ; New York : Springer, [2012]
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 201 pages) : color illustrations
Contents What Does Environmental History Teach? / J. Donald Hughes -- New Orleans: An Environmental History of Disaster / J. Donald Hughes -- Towards a Global History of Environment, Water and Climate / Water, Global Climate Change and Environmental Refugees / Ranjan Chakrabarti -- The Contribution of the Barcode of Life Initiative to the Discovery and Monitoring of Biodiversity / Filipe Oliveira Costa and Pedro Madeira Antunes -- Increasing Pressure at the Bottom of the Ocean / Ricardo Serrão Santos, Telmo Morato and Fernando J.A.S. Barriga -- Biological Invasions and Global Trade / An Urgent Issue / Dora Aguin-Pombo -- Psychology for the Sake of the Environment / Joan Freeman -- Promoting Critical Thinking to High School Students When Teaching About Climate Change Through a Participatory Approach / Laura Barraza and Barbara Bodenhorn -- Participatory Development of Fotonovelas for Environmental Education and Community Empowerment / Anthony Michael Marzolla, A. Yau, H. Grossman and S.L. Dashiell -- Participation and the Construction of Sustainable Societies / From Rhetorical and Passive Participation to Emancipative Democratic Dynamics / Mário Freitas -- Dragonfly / Mateusz Banski -- Integrating Environmental Concerns into Development Assistance Policy / A Few Reflections / Alexandra Ferreira de Carvalho -- The World We Want and the World We Have / Who Ties the Knot? / Zenita C. Guenther
Summary Shortly, this book is the written up-graded version of the topics discussed during the Small Meeting of the Second International School Congress: Natural Resources, Sustainability and Humanity, held in Braga, Portugal, 5-8 May 2010 with the diverse participation of scientists, educators and governmental representatives. The Earth hosts an immense ecosystem, colonized by millions of species for billions of years but only for a few tens of thousands of years by humans. Environmental history tells though that it was humankind that shaped the environment as no other species. History, geography, religion and politics among other reasons have differentiated populations with respect to access to safe food and water, education, health, and to space and natural resource utilization. The globalization era of trade, information and communication is shortening distances and increasing overall wealth, but, as is pointed out in this book, it is also contributing to the propagation of diseases, and to the modification or even destruction of native ecosystems by exotic invasive species. Man is the only species that has the perception of its history, evolution, of the consequences of its decisions, and that there is a future ahead. It is also the only species that has the potential to change it. This awareness can be a source of anxiety and contradictory behaviours, but it is also the key to changing attitudes towards the construction of a common sustainable home, by committed education, interdisciplinary approaches, mobilization and empowerment of people and political consonant actions
Analysis Environmental sciences
Life sciences
Climatic changes
Sustainable development
Environment, general
Climate Change
Education (general)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Human ecology -- History.
Environmental protection.
Environmental education.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Mendonca, Angela.
Cunha, Ana.
Chakrabarti, Ranjan.
LC no. 2012933372
ISBN 9400713207
9400713215 (electronic bk.)
9789400713215 (electronic bk.)