Looking beyond the horizon. A normative-institutional approach to sustainability science; getting onto ‘the balcony’

Michiel A. Heldeweg*

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Abstract

This contribution is based upon an invited keynote to the CSS2020 Conference on Sustainability Science 2020 (Sustainability Science Post COVID-19; Social Distancing Life, Approaching Natural Life, October 8, 2020). Living in the ‘Anthropocene’ confronts us with major challenges regarding a sustainable and healthy planetary environment. Climate change and biodiversity degradation, but also the COVID-19 pandemic are testimony to this, and together they give cause to consider human responses to them. These responses come with several ‘tragic conditions’: on managing commons, on looking beyond our horizon, and on handling cognitive ambiguity. How can we institutionally safeguard against these conditions and have a better chance at avoiding disasters and recovering from them? This contribution points at some normative/legal arrangements establishing such safeguards, such as on a proper knowledge infrastructure, on guiding rights & principles, and on promoting resilience by taking a more system view. It is hoped that these examples will inspire thinking about how ‘to climb onto the balcony’, look beyond the horizon and act responsibly.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationE3S Web of Conferences 249 (2021)
PublisherEDP Sciences
Number of pages16
Volume249
Edition2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Apr 2021
Event4th International Conference on Sustainability Science, CSS 2020 : Sustainability, Governance, Business and Policy - Bandung, Indonesia, Video Conference, Indonesia
Duration: 8 Oct 20208 Oct 2020
Conference number: 4
https://cess.unpad.ac.id/css-2020/

Conference

Conference4th International Conference on Sustainability Science, CSS 2020
Abbreviated titleCSS 2020
CountryIndonesia
CityVideo Conference
Period8/10/208/10/20
Internet address

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