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19th European Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production – Circular Europe for Sustainability: Design, Production and Consumption

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Returning Earth to Mankind and Mankind to Earth: An Ecosystemic Approach to Advocacy, Public Policies, Research and Teaching Programmes

To disrupt the overwhelming pressures on the global environment, quality of life and the state of the world, an ecosystemic approach is posited for evaluation and planning of communication, advocacy, public policies, research and teaching programmes, encompassing all dimensions of being in the world (intimate, interactive, social and biophysical), as they combine to elicit the events, suffer the consequences and organise for change To counteract the asymmetries of knowledge and power and the lack of pluralism in decision-making, to increase informational transparency and social space for civic engagement, the methodology in the socio-cultural learning niches is experiential and reflexive, subject-object relationships are unveiled (intimate dimension), dialogue is elicited (interactive dimension), different forms of being-in-the-world are scrutinized and discussed (social and biophysical dimensions). Instead of surrendering to specialisation and fragmentation of public policies and academic formats, priority is given to the general phenomenon, to a set of values, norms and policies grounded in a larger conceptual, ontological and epistemological framework, encompassing and integrating the isomorphy and transfers of concepts, laws and models in different areas: political, economic, social, educational, scientific, etc. All dimensions of being in the world (intimate, interactive, social and biophysical) are combined in the diagnosis and prognosis of the events, assessing their deficits and assets, as donors and recipients, in view of their complementarity and dynamic equilibrium, considering their singularity and reciprocity (mutual support); problems are defined in the core of the “boiling pot”, not reduced to the bubbles of the surface (effects, fragmented, taken for granted issues).

André Francisco Pilon
University of São Paulo / International Academy of Science, Health & Ecology


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