Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Environmental Understanding and Sustainable Development

  • Missulia de Lima RibeiroEmail author
  • Micheli Kowalczuk Machado
  • Estevão Brasil Ruas Vernalha
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_431

Definition

Environmental issues are complex and require an understanding that considers different areas of knowledge. Such understanding is essential so that the various sectors of society can collaborate to promote sustainability in its social, environmental and economic aspects.

Introduction

For a better world, as humanity wishes, it is essential to understand the inherent complexity in the concept of environment. This understanding must be part of proposals that seek sustainability, ensuring quality of life for current and future generations. Carvalho (2012) points out that a social and environmental vision is in a dynamic interaction with culture, society, and the physical and biological basis of life processes, thus being guided by a complex and interdisciplinary rationality.

In this context, given the complexity, urgency and importance of environmental issues, in September 2015, 193 UN member states formally adopted a new sustainable global agenda – Agenda 2030 for Sustainable...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Missulia de Lima Ribeiro
    • 1
    Email author
  • Micheli Kowalczuk Machado
    • 1
  • Estevão Brasil Ruas Vernalha
    • 1
  1. 1.Núcleo de Estudos em Sustentabilidade e Cultura – NESC/CEPECentro Universitário UNIFAATAtibaiaBrazil

Section editors and affiliations

  • Markus Will
  • Isabel Novo-Corti
    • 1
  1. 1.University of A CorunaA CoruñaSpain