Sustainability science is an emerging field of research dealing with the interactions between natural and social systems, and with how those interactions affect the challenge of sustainability. The challenge is to meet the needs of present and future generations while substantially reducing poverty and conserving the planet’s life support systems. Sustainability science is a kind of science that is primarily use-inspired, with significant fundamental and applied knowledge components, and commitment to moving such knowledge into societal action. Sustainability science is science with ethics.
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The World Water Week 2013 closes with a Stockholm Statement calling on the UN and its Open Working Group to propose in the post-2015 development agenda a Sustainable Development Goal on Water. Three outcomes are aspired by 2030: 1) a doubling of global water productivity, 2) a realisation of the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, and 3) an increased resilience to water related disasters. These desired outcomes reflect the advocacy of water movements to address different facets of water problems: too little, too dirty, and too much.
Sustainability science from the mountains: The Bendum Ecology and Culture Center in Mindanao, Philippines
Pedro Walpole of Environmental Science for Social Change (ESSC) will be speaking at the UNESCO workshop on Sustainability Science in Kuala Lumpur, this 4th and 5th April. In this article, Pedro shares his thoughts on Sustainability Science and its importance in the context of ESSC’s work with rural communities in Mindanao.