Special Issue "Global Warming, Environmental Governance and Sustainability Issues"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2020).
Interests: environmental sustainability; ocean vs. land-based environmental modeling; land and ocean species migration patterns in global warming; attitude/behavior gap; marketing, social marketing and business modeling for advancing environmental development and sustainability initiatives; “best practices” decision-making in climate change; interdisciplinary modeling of human behavior change
Since the Brundtland Report (“Our Common Future”, 1987), multiple forms of environmental sustainability (sometimes used interchangeably with “sustainable development”) have emerged globally. However, given the tensions between “economics” and “environment” inherent in the language outlining the environmental development project(s) indicated in The Brundtland Report, no global or nationally coherent set of guidelines have emerged to coalesce “best decision” practices for nations (or internationally, across nations). Thus, both theoretically and practically, much of the most difficult work with regard to “saving the planet” remains before us. For example, few studies have emerged that address both land and ocean-based issues; environmental modeling, while increasingly sophisticated, does not produce a coherent understanding of how land- and ocean-based sustainability might be achieved. That is, our models currently address land-based issues, but few address how the entire earth might be impacted by global warming. The implications for the divide between ocean and land-based modeling are only beginning to be understood.
What seem to be the theoretical models and best practices for decision-making to date that promise the most significant advances in environmental sustainability across developed nations? What will produce sustainable development in developing countries? How can we work toward global/international binding agreements for change? How might we work toward a better modeling of the entire earth’s patterns of climate change, such that ocean models inform land-based models? How do we work beyond the current impasses of neoclassical (economically-based) sustainability to a conception and practice of consumption that exceeds the key, future-oriented statement in the Brundtland Report—not merely to meet the needs of the present while ensuring the needs of future generations, but to design or redesign consumption models themselves to contribute to, rather than detract from, the health of the environment? We welcome interdisciplinary approaches to emerging best practices in environmental sustainability.
Dr. Will McConnell
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- Brundtland Report (1987)
- neoclassical economics
- global warming modeling
- best practices decision-making
- land-based environmental and economic modeling
- ocean-based environmental modeling
- attitude/behavior gap
- social marketing and environmentally sustainable business approaches
- theoretical and practical sustainability