The 21st century poses major critical issues related to the problems generated by overpopulation, massive urbanisation, global warming, air and water pollution, water scarcity, soil degradation, deforestation, desertification, extinction of plant and animal species. Under the threat of the 6th mass extinction prophesied by scientists and specialists, there is urgent need to address the circumstances that are dramatically affecting the course of life on our planet in a responsible and accountable manner. Today it is paramount to create an eco-civilisation that will focus on a radical change in our production patterns and consumption habits. This involves sound economic policies, healthy work standards and sustainable life practices.
That these aims can be achieved was proven by the recent standstill occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic. With most commercial and industrial activity put on halt suddenly, people have become increasingly aware of the unsophisticated world around them and realised the importance of the landscape and wildlife for their physical and mental comfort. The instant reconnection with nature is a clear evidence of the instinctive everlasting bond between humans and the environment. Perhaps it takes a global disaster to realise that it is time to change our attitude towards our planet by revaluating our personal and communal selves, our private and public patterns of behaviour, our individual and collective ways of thinking and acting.
The main objective of this inclusive interdisciplinary project is to bring together all those interested in examining the intersections between their professions, areas of expertise and/or interests and the distinct aspects of the environment understood from historical, social, economic, political, cultural, philosophical, ideological, ethical, moral, religious, etc. perspectives.
The Environment: A Global Inclusive Interdisciplinary Conference
Sunday 18th April 2021 – Monday 19th April 2021