Ecology

A new path for humanity

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Science  14 Dec 2018:
Vol. 362, Issue 6420, pp. 1259-1261
DOI: 10.1126/science.362.6420.1259-m

Scientific evidence of an ecological and climatic crisis caused by human actions is compelling, yet humanity is largely continuing on its current, heavily resource-dependent path. In a Perspective, Crist argues that the main reasons why humanity is not changing course lie in a human-centric worldview that discounts the value and needs of nonhuman life. As a result, placing limits on consumption appears oppressive, and technological solutions gain supremacy over efforts to reduce human impacts. Resolving the ecological and climatic crisis will instead require humanity to scale back its impacts. This will only be possible if we humans reimagine ourselves as part of the ecosphere.

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