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Natural Resources, Sustainability and Humanity

A Comprehensive View

  • Angela Mendonca
  • Ana Cunha
  • Ranjan Chakrabarti

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-1
  2. J. Donald Hughes
    Pages 1-15
  3. Ricardo Serrão Santos, Telmo Morato, Fernando J. A. S. Barriga
    Pages 69-81
  4. Dora Aguin-Pombo
    Pages 83-99
  5. Joan Freeman
    Pages 101-113
  6. Anthony Michael Marzolla, A. Yau, H. Grossman, S. L. Dashiell
    Pages 127-141
  7. Mateusz Banski
    Pages 167-180
  8. Alexandra Ferreira de Carvalho
    Pages 181-187
  9. Zenita C. Guenther
    Pages 189-197
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 192-192

About this book

Introduction

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.

Keywords

Biodiversity Education Environment Human rights Water and food security

Editors and affiliations

  • Angela Mendonca
    • 1
  • Ana Cunha
    • 2
  • Ranjan Chakrabarti
    • 3
  1. 1.Lamacaes School Cluster, Braga, PortugalBragaPortugal
  2. 2., Institute of EducationMinho UniversityBragaPortugal
  3. 3., Department of HistoryJadavpur UniversityKolkataIndia

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