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Sustainability 2018, 10(2), 499; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10020499

Greener through Grey? Boosting Sustainable Development through a Philosophical and Social Media Analysis of Ageing

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Department of Humanities, University of Macerata, 62100 Macerata, Italy
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Department of Languages, Literature and Communication, Utrecht University, 3512 JK Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Received: 8 January 2018 / Revised: 7 February 2018 / Accepted: 10 February 2018 / Published: 13 February 2018
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Sustainable development is challenged by the exponential growth of the older population, which threatens available resources. In this paper, we question current negative views in the ageing debate by considering the ageing process from a philosophical perspective. By focusing on frailty, a feature that is usually associated with old age, we show that ageing can be the means to highlight the constitutive vulnerable condition of human beings which makes them exposed to others. As a result, we redefine the relationship between the human and the natural world as one of co-constitution and reciprocal sustenance and promotion. We move away from the current approach to sustainable development and we suggest a vision in which the concept of care becomes central. We claim, on the basis of social media behavioral analysis, that the elderly could be involved in care practices of other human beings and especially of nature, contributing actively to sustainable development. View Full-Text
Keywords: ageing; sustainable development; frailty; vulnerability; care practices; environment; philosophy; social media ageing; sustainable development; frailty; vulnerability; care practices; environment; philosophy; social media
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Carella, V.; Monachesi, P. Greener through Grey? Boosting Sustainable Development through a Philosophical and Social Media Analysis of Ageing. Sustainability 2018, 10, 499.

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