Enhancing environmental sustainability with solutions from the study of environmental humanities


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Enhancing environmental sustainability with solutions from the study of environmental humanities

Ngai Weng Chan

The literature on environmental management shows that the majority of environmental problems facing humanity in the 21st Century are not nature-based but human-created [1]. Unfortunately, however, human society has chosen to tackle such problems via the structural approach, viz. employing science and technical solutions while ignoring the root causes [2]. While building structures such as dams (for water supply) may appear effective, but it become ineffective if that does not involve the water users (humans) as water demands escalate exponentially [3]. Clearly, the structural approach of building engineering structures has been found to be ineffective in the context of the modern era of complex environmental as well as societal change [4]. When environmental change is rapid and complex (e.g. global climate change) and societal change is equally multi-dimensional (e.g. war or migration), environmental problems also become multi-dimensional. More importantly, when environmental problems have their root causes in human society, clearly the most appropriate and effective way to address them is not through science or technology but through tackling the human causes...

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To cite this article: Chan NW. Enhancing environmental sustainability with solutions from the study of environmental humanities. Journal of Advanced Civil Engineering Practice and Research 2017;4:1-3.

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