Multiple conceptualizations of nature are key to inclusivity and legitimacy in global environmental governance

Coscieme, Luca and Silva Hyldmo, Hakon da and Fernandez-Llamazares, Álvaro and Palomo, Ignacio and Mwampamba, Tuyeni H. and Selomane, Odirilwe and Sitas, Nadia and Jaureguiberry, Pedro and Takahashi, Yasuo and Lim, Michelle and Barral, Maria P. and Farinaci, Juliana S. and Diaz-Jose, Julio and Ghosh, Sonali and Ojino, Joyce and Alassaf, Amani and Baatuuwie, Bernard N. and Balint, Lenke and Basher, Zeenatul and Boeraeve, Fanny and Budiharta, Sugeng and Chen, Ruishan and Desrousseaux, Maylis and Dowo, Gregory and Febria, Catherine and Ghazi, Houda and Harmackova, Zuzana V. and Jaffe, Rodolfo and Kalemba, Mphatso M. and Lambini, Cosmas K. and Lasmana, Felicia P. S. and Mohamed, Assem A. A. and Niamir, Aidin and Pliscoff, Patricio and Sabyrbekov, Rahat and Shrestha, Uttam B. and Samakov, Aibek and Sidorovich, Anna A. and Thompson, Laura and Valle, Mireia (2020) Multiple conceptualizations of nature are key to inclusivity and legitimacy in global environmental governance. Environmental Science & Policy, 104. pp. 36-42. ISSN 1462-9011

Abstract

Despite increasing scientific understanding of the global environmental crisis, we struggle to adopt the policies science suggests would be effective. One of the reasons for that is the lack of inclusive engagement and dialogue among a wide range of different actors. Furthermore, there is a lack of consideration of differences between languages, worldviews and cultures. In this paper, we propose that engagement across the science-policy interface can be strengthened by being mindful of the breadth and depth of the diverse human-nature relations found around the globe. By examining diverse conceptualizations of “nature” in more than 60 languages, we identify three clusters: inclusive conceptualizations where humans are viewed as an integral component of nature; non-inclusive conceptualizations where humans are separate from nature; and deifying conceptualizations where nature is understood and experienced within a spiritual dimension.

Considering and respecting this rich repertoire of ways of describing, thinking about and relating to nature can help us communicate in ways that resonate across cultures and worldviews. This repertoire also provides a resource we can draw on when defining policies and sustainability scenarios for the future, offering opportunities for finding solutions to global environmental challenges.


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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Life Sciences and the Environment - Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Systems (1 Aug 2018 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Life Sciences and the Environment - Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Systems (1 Aug 2018 -)
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2020 01:20
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2020 02:03
Uncontrolled Keywords: Earth jurisprudence; Indigenous peoples; Knowledge systems; Ontological turn; Rights of nature; Science-policy process
Fields of Research : 05 Environmental Sciences > 0599 Other Environmental Sciences > 059999 Environmental Sciences not elsewhere classified
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050299 Environmental Science and Management not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2019.10.018
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/37500

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