SYMP 5 - Human Ecology, Human Economy: Towards Good Governance of the Anthropocene

Tuesday, August 9, 2016: 8:00 AM-11:30 AM
Grand Floridian Blrm C, Ft Lauderdale Convention Center
Robert Dyball, Australian National University
Bai-Lian (Larry) Li, University of California Riverside
Robert Dyball, Australian National University
Within a conceptual framework of human ecology, this symposium sets strategies for meeting the complex and contested challenges of living well in the Anthropocene. When bio-physical Earth System “thresholds” are exceeded by human perturbation of the system, the risk of destabilizing the Earth System and radically altering the environment is increased. These thresholds thus define a “safe operating space” for humanity and remaining within them becomes a central challenge for humanity in the Anthropocene. At the same time, however, many contemporary human communities cannot access sufficient environmental resources to maintain a minimally dignified existence. So the further challenge is to raise such individuals’ living standards above these dignity floors. The ultimate goal is for all humanity to converge on a safe and equitable operating zone, where social-ecological process are just and sustainable. Overcoming the lingering influence of paradigms that are past their use-by date is a major obstacle to achieving good governance in the Anthropocene. At the close of the last speaker’s address, all speakers will convene in a questions and answer session with the audience.
8:00 AM
 The Earth System challenge for good governance of the Anthropocene
Katherine Richardson, University of Copenhagen
8:30 AM
 Ecological economics for a prosperous, fair, and sustainable future
Robert Costanza, Australian National University
9:00 AM
9:30 AM
9:40 AM
 Through a dark lens: Perception and motivation for minority environmentalists
Gillian Bowser, Colorado State University; Rachel Lauwerjssen, Urecht University; Ulrike Gretzel, University of Queensland
10:10 AM
10:40 AM
 The legacy of past paradigms of governance and the challenge for the future
Steward T.A. Pickett, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies; Geoffrey Buckley, Ohio University
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