Projektin yksityiskohdat

Kuvaus (abstrakti)

Sustainability scientists increasingly recognize the failing human-nature relationship as a root cause of the climate and biodiversity crises (Richardson et al. 2020). In response, environmental psychologists report that ‘nature connectedness’ positively impacts pro-environmental behavior (Mackay and Schmitt 2019). Similarly, environmental virtue ethicists expect that ‘an objective ethical foundationalism’ (Cafaro 2015) could unify different pro-environmental virtues. Two problems stand in the way of these approaches. First, both focus on managing individual traits while discounting the systemic (complex), situated (contextual), social (constructed) and sensual (embodied/affective) nature of sustainability problems. Second, neither approach is explicitly reflective about their culturally bound value assumptions like anthropocentrism, in spite of recent literature on values in science (Schneider et al. 2019), anthropology (Henrich 2020), and alternative indigenous and feminist pedagogies (Keenan 2017). While agreeing that cultivating individuals’ capacities in higher education and research can be a powerful leverage point for sustainability (Caniglia et al. 2023; The Oxford Character Project; the Jubilee Center for Character and Virtues), we therefore aim to develop (a) a more systemic account of how virtues and social-ecological systems co-evolve, and (b) a more relational, situated and embodied pedagogy of sustainability virtues.
Todellinen alku/loppupvm01/01/202431/12/2024