Geoethics: Basic Concepts and Its Potential for UNESCO Geoparks

  • Joan Poch
Part of the The Latin American Studies Book Series book series (LASBS)


We only have one home in space, the Earth, and its habitability depends on the planet as a system, formed by the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere, continued with its natural dynamics. We humans multiply quickly and we occupy more and more space and need more and more natural resources. Thus, in the field of Earth Sciences, our economic activities interfere with the operation of this system on an unprecedented scale. Scientists talk about a new geological age (the Anthropocene) to show that our species is leaving as many traces in the geological record as a geological force. For our own survival, it is necessary to move quickly towards a more sustainable relationship with the Earth and its limited resources. With respect to the geosphere, geologists have a responsibility to drive this change. Geoethics can provide guidelines and tools so that the behaviour and professional actions of geologists may facilitate this path towards sustainability and protection of the values of the geosphere. In order to communicate these good ethical practices to society, UNESCO Global Geoparks are suitable spaces, due to its model of sustainable management of geosphere values for the benefit of local communities.


Geoethics Earth system Anthropocene Global change UNESCO Global Geoparks 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departamento de GeologíaUniversitat Autònoma de BarcelonaCerdanyola del VallèsSpain

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