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Earth Stewardship, Climate Change, and Low Carbon Consciousness: Reflections from Brazil and South America

  • Eduardo ViolaEmail author
  • Larissa Basso
Part of the Ecology and Ethics book series (ECET, volume 2)

Abstract

The planet has entered the Anthropocene, a period in which humanity is the main driver of Earth systems changes. The effects of these fast and profound changes have been devastating for several fellow species – extinct or threatened to be extinct – and endanger a great part of the human population. In order to rebalance human interests and the equilibrium of the planet, Earth Stewardship, paradigm in which humanity recognizes itself as a co-inhabitant and steward of the planet, should be implemented. However, deep-rooted cultural traits can be stumbling blocks to the development of this new planetary ethics, and this is the case for South America. This chapter discusses the foundations of a new planetary ethics in South America and the challenges for its implementations, exemplified by one of the most contemporary complex issues, climate change.

Keywords

Anthropocene Biophysical planetary boundaries Climate change Environmental policy Long term decision-making Planetary consciousness 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Climate Change and International Relations Research Programme, Institute of International RelationsUniversity of BrasíliaBrasíliaBrazil

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