Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Wellbeing and Sustainability

  • Joseph KaruzisEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_36


Well-being and sustainability can be defined as two essential goals that sustainable development seeks to achieve.


Wellbeing and sustainability are two distinct ideas, each with its own distinct history, that have converged to become interconnected concepts when considered in relation to the solutions required for the environmental crises of global warming, climate change, and pollution. Both wellbeing and sustainability are ideas that emerged in ancient cultures; however, the current concept of sustainability arose out of the ecological thinking and practices of the latter half of the twentieth century. Wellbeing and sustainability emerged from ancient cultures, one in the theoretical sense and another in the practical sense. The search for wellbeing in the ancient world is known today because of the preserved writings of ancient philosophers. Sustainable practices from ancient cultures are revealed through the archaeological record and extant historical...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of Environmental ScienceHokkaido UniversitySapporoJapan

Section editors and affiliations

  • Luciana Brandli
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Passo FundoPasso FundoBrazil