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Authors: Peppoloni, Silvia* 
Di Capua, Giuseppe* 
Title: Geoethics: Manifesto for an Ethics of Responsibility Towards the Earth
Publisher: Springer
Issue Date: 14-Apr-2022
ISBN: 978-3-030-98043-6
Keywords: geoethics
social-ecological systems
environmental ethics
ecological humanism
global anthropogenic changes
Subject Classification05.03. Educational, History of Science, Public Issues 
05.09. Miscellaneous 
Abstract: This book outlines the current development of geoethical thinking, proposing to the general public reflections and categories useful for understanding the ethical, cultural, and societal dimensions of anthropogenic global changes. Geoethics identifies and orients responsible behaviors and actions in the management of natural processes, redefining the human interaction with the Earth system based on a critical, scientifically grounded, and pragmatic approach. Solid scientific knowledge and a philosophical reference framework are crucial to face the current ecological disruption. The scientific perspective must be structured to help different human contexts while respecting social and cultural diversity. It is impossible to respond to global problems with disconnected local actions, which cannot be proposed as standard and effective operational models. Geoethics tries to overcome this fragmentation, presenting Earth sciences as the foundation of responsible human action toward the planet. Geoethics is conceived as a rational and multidisciplinary language that can bind and concretely support the international community, engaged in resolving global environmental imbalances and complex challenges, which have no national, cultural, or religious boundaries that require shared governance. Geoethics is proposed as a new reading key to rethinking the Earth as a system of complex relationships, in which the human being is an integral part of natural interactions.
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