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Social geology — integrating sustainability concepts into Earth sciences.

Stewart, Iain S. and Gill, Joel C. ORCID: 2017. Social geology — integrating sustainability concepts into Earth sciences. Proceedings of the Geologists' Association 128 (2) , pp. 165-172. 10.1016/j.pgeola.2017.01.002

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Most geologists would argue that geoscientific knowledge, experience, and guidance is critical for addressing many of society’s most acute environmental challenges, yet few geologists are directly engaged in current discourses around sustainable development. That is surprising given that several attributes make modern geoscience well placed to make critical contributions to contemporary sustainability thinking. Here, we argue that if geoscientists are to make our know-how relevant to sustainability science, two aspects seem clear. Firstly, the geoscience community needs to substantially broaden its constituency, not only forging interdisciplinary links with other environmental disciplines but also drawing from the human and behavioral sciences. Secondly, the principles and practices of ‘sustainability’ need to be explicitly integrated into geoscience education, training and continued professional development.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Earth and Environmental Sciences
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0016-7878
Date of Acceptance: 10 January 2017
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2022 11:42

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