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Title: Re-defining sustainability : living in harmony with life on Earth
Authors: Horton, Peter
Horton, Benjamin P.
Keywords: Environment
Issue Date: 2019
Source: Horton, P., & Horton, B. P. (2019). Re-defining sustainability : living in harmony with life on Earth. One Earth, 1(1), 86-94. doi:10.1016/j.oneear.2019.08.019
Series/Report no.: One Earth
Abstract: The increasing frequency of extreme weather events, urban air pollution, and contamination of oceans by plastic waste have dramatically increased awareness that human civilization faces an existential environmental crisis. Here, we argue that the way humankind views its place on planet Earth is the cause of this crisis and of the reluctance to take meaningful and urgent action. This view gives humans the right to exploit everything on Earth for their own benefit and a belief that sustainability can be delivered through exploiting nature in a smarter way and controlling it better. We propose that humankind rejects this view and instead learns to live in harmony with life on Earth by respecting the land, the oceans, and the atmosphere from which everything derives. We show how knowledge, creativity, and innovation can drive transformation in all sectors of society to enable this new relationship to develop, re-defining sustainability in terms of all life on Earth.
Rights: © 2019 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (
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