The Path towards Planetary Responsibility: Expanding the Domain of Human Responsibility Is a Fundamental Goal for Lifelong Learning in a High-Consumption Society

Arto O. Salonen, Mauri K. Åhlberg

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    How can we ensure a safe and just operating space for humanity? How to maintain the current human
    capabilities and opportunities and to support their expansion so that future generations will have the same
    capabilities and freedom as we do? Finnish university students (n=210) assessed 36 statements about
    environmental, social and economic sustainability according to the importance and actual implementation of the
    items in their daily life. They also made 464 comments about barriers to sustainable way of living. The data were
    analyzed with quantitative and qualitative methods. The results show that there is an attitude-behavior gap
    between every single assessed item of sustainable development. Overcoming the largest identified gaps calls for
    planetary responsibility. The most important and fundamental target for lifelong learning is to expand the
    domain of human responsibility to cover people, animals and other organisms, plants, and life-supporting
    ecosystems as well as natural resources of the planet Earth. This planetary responsibility requires a holistic
    vision consisting of changes in worldviews, ways of thinking, well-being paradigms and life orientations.
    Keywords: sustainable development, attitude-behavior gap, planetary responsibility, behavior change
    TidskriftJournal of Sustainable Development
    Sidor (från-till)13-26
    Antal sidor14
    StatusPublicerad - 13 jul 2012
    MoE-publikationstypA1 Tidskriftsartikel-refererad


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