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Introduction: Linking Ecology and Ethics for an Interregional and Intercultural Earth Stewardship

  • Ricardo RozziEmail author
  • F. Stuart ChapinIII
  • J. Baird Callicott
  • S. T. A. Pickett
  • Mary E. Power
  • Juan J. Armesto
  • Roy H. MayJr.
Part of the Ecology and Ethics book series (ECET, volume 2)

Abstract

Earth Stewardship implies a paradigm shift in linking facts and values, multiple forms of ecological knowledge and practices, and broadening the mission of the ecological sciences. However, two core limitations need to be addressed: (i) geographical gaps in the coverage of long-term ecological and socio-ecological research (LTER, LTSER, and other long-term environmental research networks) across the planet; (ii) philosophical gaps in the epistemological, political, and ethical dimensions of LTSER. If the rates of anthropogenic damage to the biosphere are to be reduced, both research and its application on a planetary scale requires transdisciplinary as well as inter-hemispheric, and intercultural inputs. Also both scientific and traditional ecological knowledge are dynamic. The integration of biocultural diversity is not an integration of a collection of biological, physical, or cultural objects; it is the incorporation of dynamic, often conflictive, processes of intercultural dialogue, negotiation, and poetic creativity. These intercultural, interdisciplinary, inter-institutional, and international processes generate forms of ecosystem co-management, which constitute Earth stewardship. Three areas of discussion contribute to finding the way forward: (1) embracing the multiple forms of understanding and co-inhabiting the biosphere; (2) undertaking the transdisciplinary work of long-term socio-ecological research networks; and (3) integrating ethics and ecological sciences through environmental citizenship. Bringing these broad areas together will contribute to overcoming the geographical and philosophical gaps that limit effective Earth Stewardship.

Keywords

Biocultural ethics Ecological economics Environmental justice Intercultural Long-term socio-ecological research (LTSER) 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ricardo Rozzi
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • F. Stuart ChapinIII
    • 4
  • J. Baird Callicott
    • 1
  • S. T. A. Pickett
    • 5
  • Mary E. Power
    • 6
  • Juan J. Armesto
    • 7
    • 8
  • Roy H. MayJr.
    • 9
  1. 1.Department of Philosophy and Religion StudiesUniversity of North TexasDentonUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Ecology and BiodiversitySantiagoChile
  3. 3.Universidad de MagallanesPunta ArenasChile
  4. 4.Institute of Arctic BiologyUniversity of Alaska FairbanksFairbanksUSA
  5. 5.Cary Institute of Ecosystem StudiesMillbrookUSA
  6. 6.Department of Integrative BiologyUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA
  7. 7.Departamento de EcologíaPontificia Universidad CatólicaSantiagoChile
  8. 8.Institute of Ecology and BiodiversitySantiagoChile
  9. 9.Departamento Ecuménico de Investigaciones (DEI)San JoséCosta Rica

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