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The Technosphere and Earth Stewardship

  • Charles L. RedmanEmail author
  • Thaddeus R. Miller
Part of the Ecology and Ethics book series (ECET, volume 2)

Abstract

Scientists develop conceptual frameworks in an effort to better understand and manage the world around them. The dominant framework for most authors in this book and others concerned with Earth Stewardship is a coupled human-natural systems framework. This framework continues to provide new insights and promising management strategies. However, we argue that the addition of a third major domain, infrastructure/technology would more accurately reflect the key dynamics in today’s world and allow more sustainable outcomes. Further we argue that scientists associated with each of these domains adhere to overlapping, but distinct sets of rules and fundamental assumptions that inhibit successful interdisciplinary collaboration. Rectifying this misalignment should be a cornerstone of future Earth Stewardship.

Keywords

Conceptual frameworks Interdisciplinary Sustainability Technology 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of SustainabilityArizona State UniversityTempeUSA
  2. 2.Nohad A. Toulan, School of Urban Studies and Planning, College of Urban and Public AffairsPortland State UniversityPortlandUSA

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