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Earth Stewardship

Linking Ecology and Ethics in Theory and Practice

  • Ricardo Rozzi
  • F. Stuart Chapin III
  • J. Baird Callicott
  • S.T.A. Pickett
  • Mary E. Power
  • Juan J. Armesto
  • Roy H. May Jr.
  • Application of the integration of ethics and ecology in ecosystem management and Earth Stewardship in Long-Term Ecological and LTSER networks

  • Theoretical and practical framework to confront global environmental change

  • Model of and guidance for the conduct of interdisciplinary environmental research

  • Clear introduction to environmental thinking in humanities, social science and scientific disciplines


Part of the Ecology and Ethics book series (ECET, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Ricardo Rozzi, F. Stuart Chapin III, J. Baird Callicott, S. T. A. Pickett, Mary E. Power, Juan J. Armesto et al.
    Pages 1-14
  3. A Biocultural Approach to Earth Stewardship

  4. Integrating Stewardship Across Disciplines and Scales

About this book


Earth Stewardship implies a paradigm shift that links facts and values, multiple forms of ecological knowledge and practices, and broadens the mission of the ecological sciences. To confront global environmental change it is necessary, but not sufficient, to conduct long-term socio-ecological research. It is also necessary to act. Earth stewardship calls on ecologists to engage not only in the production of knowledge, but also in public discourse, decision making, education, and governance. As a means of engaging science and society in rapidly reducing current rates of anthropogenic damage to the biosphere, the Ecological Society of America (ESA) launched the Earth Stewardship Initiative in 2009. Since then, this call for action has been appealing not only to ecologists, but also to anthropologists, sociologists, engineers, economists, religion scholars, philosophers, conservation biologists, other professionals, decision makers, and citizens interested in environmental, economic, and social sustainability. This book advances the Stewardship Initiative toward a planetary scale, presenting a range of ecological worldviews, practices, and institutions in different parts of the world and to use them as the basis for considering what we could learn from one another, and what we could do together. Today, inter-hemispheric, intercultural, and transdisciplinary collaborations for Earth Stewardship are an imperative. Chapters document pathways that are being forged by socio-ecological research networks, religious alliances, policy actions, environmental citizenship and participation, and new forms of conservation, based on both traditional and contemporary ecological knowledge and values. “The Earth Stewardship Initiative of the ESA fosters practices to provide a stable basis for civilization in the future. The biocultural ethic emphasizes that we are co-inhabitants in the natural world; no matter how complex our inventions may become” (Peter Raven).


Ecology Environment Ethics Interdisciplinarity Stewardship

Editors and affiliations

  • Ricardo Rozzi
    • 1
  • F. Stuart Chapin III
    • 2
  • J. Baird Callicott
    • 3
  • S.T.A. Pickett
    • 4
  • Mary E. Power
    • 5
  • Juan J. Armesto
    • 6
  • Roy H. May Jr.
    • 7
  1. 1.Department of Philosophy and Religion StudiesUniversity of North TexasDentonUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Arctic BiologyUniversity of Alaska FairbanksFairbanksUSA
  3. 3.Department of Philosophy and Religion StudiesUniversity of North TexasDentonUSA
  4. 4.Cary Institute of Ecosystem StudiesMillbrookUSA
  5. 5.Department of Integrative BiologyUniversity of CaliforniaBerkley, CaliforniaUSA
  6. 6.Departamento de EcologíaPontificia Universidad CatólicaSantiagoChile
  7. 7.Departamento Ecuménico de Investigaciones (DEI)San JoseCosta Rica

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Earth Stewardship
  • Book Subtitle Linking Ecology and Ethics in Theory and Practice
  • Editors Ricardo Rozzi
    F. Stuart Chapin III
    J. Baird Callicott
    S.T.A. Pickett
    Mary E. Power
    Juan J. Armesto
    Roy H. May Jr.
  • Series Title Ecology and Ethics
  • Series Abbreviated Title Ecology and Ethics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-12132-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-35806-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-12133-8
  • Series ISSN 2198-9729
  • Series E-ISSN 2198-9737
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIX, 457
  • Number of Illustrations 11 b/w illustrations, 50 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Life Sciences, general
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“‘Earth stewardship calls ecologists to engage not only in the production of knowledge, but also in public discourse, as well as in decision making, education and governance’ … . I cannot imagine that any serious research library will want to be without access to this collection.” (Paul B. Thompson, Environmental Values, Vol. 26 (4), 2017)

“This book provides important interdisciplinary insights into emerging forms of environmental advocacy and social justice. … Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals and practitioners.” (R. V. Labaree, Choice, Vol. 53 (2), October, 2015)

“It is highly rewarding to read this book with its multiple facets from ecology and ethics to religion. It provides rich food for thought, describing many fresh and unconventional (also ‘non-western’) approaches to conservation, especially in a time where the arguments for biological conservation are dominated more and more by a utilitarian perspective on nature, as expressed by the increasing prominence of the ecosystem services concept. I thus highly recommend it.” (Kurt Jax, Basic and Applied Ecology, August, 2015)