Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Ecology and Sustainable Development

  • Bila-Isia InogwabiniEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_422


The irruption of ecology in the last part of the twentieth century is a major shift in scientific paradigms, particularly on how humans view, understand, and interact with nature. In fact, despite being quoted back in 1866 by the German biologist Ernst Haeckel, ecology became an important scientific endeavor only after the defining publication The Limits to Growth by Meadows et al. (1972) went out of press. Indeed, The Limits to Growth by Meadows et al. (1972) predicted a gloomy future for humankind, prompted by our overextraction of natural resources. Globally, humankind has gained an increasing interest in exploring the role that our species has played in shaping the ecosystems in which they live (Des Jardins 2001). Since then, interconnectivity of different forms of life and the environments in which they happen to occur as well as relationship between living organisms (including species) have become a persistent theme in wider debates over human development and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Research and Communication in Sustainable Development (CERED), Faculty of Agricultural and Veterinary SciencesThe Jesuit Loyola University of CongoKinshasaCongo
  2. 2.Swedish University of Agricultural SciencesUppsalaSweden

Section editors and affiliations

  • Markus Will
  • Isabel Novo-Corti
    • 1
  • Bernd Delakowitz
    • 2
  1. 1.University of A Coruna Constantin Brancusi UniversityA CoruñaTargu-JiuRomania
  2. 2.University of Applied Sciences Zittau-GörlitzZittau-GörlitzGermany