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- EXPLORING PLANETARY THINKING
- Publication "Nachhaltige Entwicklung in einer Gesellschaft des Umbruchs"
Dr. Helge Kminek: Planetary Thinking – Reflections From Educational Science on Requirements, Possibilities and Limitations
February 09, 2022 online | co-hosts: Prof. Dr. Roland Borgards, Dr. Camelia-Eliza Telteu
He is recognized for his work on reconstructive school and teaching research, philosophy didactics, and education for sustainable development.
PD. Dr. Diana Hummel: Planetary Thinking and Human Population Dynamics in the Anthropocene. A Perspective from Social Ecology
January 19, 2022, online | co-hosts: Prof. Dr. Joachim Curtius, Dr. Camelia-Eliza Telteu
In the debate about the Anthropocene - the “age of humans”- the topic of human population dynamics is gaining (renewed) significance and is subject to controversial scientific and public discussion. In conjunction with climate change, biodiversity loss and resource depletion, population growth is considered to be one of the key global challenges for sustainable development. Diana Hummel will illustrate how the issue of human population dynamics can be critically addressed in the context of planetary thinking. In her presentation, she outlines several narratives of population and development and presents this field from the perspective of Social Ecology, which relates population dynamics to issues of shaping societal relations to nature.
Prof. Dr. Joachim Curtius: Planetary Thinking and Climate Change: Perspectives for a Global Challenge
December 08, 2021, online | co-hosts: Prof. Dr. Thomas Lemke, Dr. Camelia-Eliza Telteu
He is recognized for his research on Experimental Atmospheric Research. His scientific interests focus on atmospheric aerosol, atmospheric ions and ion clusters, aerosol composition, trace gases, aerosol-cloud-interactions, aircraft emissions, and aerosol impacts on climate.
Prof. Dr. Darrel Moellendorf: Thinking Like a Planet - A Normative Exploration
November 10, 2021, online | co-hosts: Prof. Dr. Katrin Böhning-Gaese, Dr. Camelia-Eliza Telteu
In his widely influential essay "Thinking Like a Mountain," the pioneer of 20th century conservationism, Aldo Leopold, argued that the appropriate regard for the environment requires appreciating the complex inter-relations and dependencies of natural systems. Leopold argued that we should adopt the regard to what he called "biotic communities." Since Leopold's time we have come to realize that planet Earth also contains complex systems of interdependence. This has recently been forcefully articulated by natural scientists under the rubric of Planetary Boundaries. The presentation explores the extent to which "thinking like a planet" offers a compelling normative approach for humanity in the age of the Anthropocene.
Prof. Dr. Darrel Moellendorf is recognized for his research on international political theory and philosophy. His scientific interests include also climate justice, global justice, and war theory.
Prof. Dr. Katrin Böhning-Gaese: Planetary thinking and nature conservation
July 1, 2021 | online | co-hosts: Prof. Dr. Roland Borgards, Dr. Camelia-Eliza Telteu
|She is recognized for her work on the relationships between humans and ecosystems, in particular the influence of global climate and land use change on biodiversity and ecosystems and the relationships between biodiversity and human well-being.
Planetary thinking and nature conservation Katrin Böhning-Gaese Together with the climate and water crisis, the loss of biodiversity is the third existential environmental crisis of the planet. One out of 8 million species is threated by extinction; we are currently at the beginning of the 6th global mass extinction event in earth history. The presentation of Katrin Böhning-Gaese will show how planetary thinking changed nature conservation, in particular the protection of species and sites. By the combination of knowledge on the global spatial distribution of species and sites, by a network of global, regional and local institutions, and by conventions, laws and action at the global, regional and local scale, it was possible to identify the species and sites most threatened and important from a planetary perspective and to protect at least some of them successfully. Nevertheless, further measures to protect and advance biodiversity need a much deeper change in human-nature relationships and fundamental transformations of social-ecological systems towards sustainability.
Prof. Dr. Claus Leggewie, Dr. Frederic Hanusch: Planetary Thinking - an introduction
June 10, 2021 | online | co-hosts: Prof. Dr. Thomas Hickler, Dr. Camelia-Eliza Telteu
They are recognized for their work in political science and on global change. They initiated the “Panel Planetary Thinking” at Giessen University.
Planetary Thinking describes a widened worldview that is increasingly being adopted in science and beyond: a new, transgressive way of thinking which we discuss as a "Denkkollektiv" (thought collective) in its characteristics and potential consequences. As we currently seem to be approaching the end of the world as we know it, this might be the perfect time to rid ourselves of the anthropocentric concept of globalization and begin to ‘think the planet.’ In our talk, we start by compiling a genealogy of planetary thinking, draft a systematization, take a step into planetary constellations and provide planetary perspectives.
Prof. Dr. Petra Döll: Planetary thinking in support of a sustainable water management
May 20, 2021 | online | co-hosts: Dr. Philipp Schink, Dr. Camelia-Eliza Telteu
|She is recognized for her work on global freshwater modeling and on transdisciplinary and participatory research methods.
Water scarcity, water pollution, sea level rise … Planetary thinking is necessary to achieve a sustainable management of our freshwater resources. Planetary thinking means to think about planet Earth as a social-ecological system or rather as consisting of very many social-ecological systems where humans, non-human biota and the other parts of the Earth system interact. And it means to think about the whole globe as one spatial entity with manifold connections among spatial locations and sub-systems. In her presentation, Petra Döll will show global-scale analyses of water flows and storages on the continents and how they are affected by human activities. These quantitative estimates of human interference with the Earth system help to identify how human activities should be changed to enable a sustainable development of (not only) the global freshwater system.
Prof. Dr. Thomas Lemke: Planetary thinking and New Materialism
April 22, 2021 | online | co-hosts: Prof. Dr. Petra Döll, Dr. Camelia-Eliza Telteu
He is recognized for his contributions to science and technology studies and his work on governmentality and biopolitics.