Sustainable Humanity Sustainable Nature our Responsibility

Proceedings of the Joint Workshop
2-6 May 2014
Extra Series 41 | Vatican City, 2015
ISBN 978-88-7761-108-6


Opening Address

Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, SDB

Word of Welcome

Werner Arber | PAS President

Word of Welcome

Margaret Archer, PASS President

I. The Broader Context

Human-Nature Co-Evolution

Werner Arber | PAS President

The Emergence of Humans: Brains (Bodies and Hands), Mind and Soul

Yves Coppens | PAS Academician

The New Era of Human-Nature Interactions

II. Fundamental Drivers of Food, Health, and Energy Needs

Impediments to Sustainable Development: Externalities in Human-Nature Exchanges

Partha S. Dasgupta | PASS Academician

Population et Nature: Antagonisme ou Concordance? People and Nature: Antagonism or Concordance?

Gérard-François Dumont | PASS Academician

Food Demand, Natural Resources, and Nature

Joachim von Braun | PAS Academician

Sustainable Development Goals for a New Era

Jeffrey Sachs

III. Anthropocene: Global Climate Change

Food Production in the Anthropocene

Paul J. Crutzen | PAS Academician

Climate-System Tipping Points and Extreme Weather Events

Hans Joachim Schellnhuber | PAS Academician and Maria Martin

An Oceanographic Perspective

Walter H. Munk

IV. Competing Demands on Nature as a Source

Can We “Save” the Ocean?

Nancy Knowlton

Tropical Forests, For Richer and For Poorer

Jeffrey R. Vincent

The Promise of Mega-Cities: Moving from Despair to Hope

Janice E. Perlman

V. Competing Demands on the Cryosphere

Glaciers as Source of Water: The Himalaya

Anil V. Kulkarni

The Polar Regions

Peter Wadhams

VI. Competing Demands on the Biosphere

Green Fields: Feeding the Hungry, Raising the Poor and Protecting Nature in Africa

Robert E. Scholes

Stability of Coastal Zones

Marcia K. McNutt

VII. Society's Response to Current Unsustainable Growth

Why Have Climate Negotiations Proved So Disappointing?

Scott Barrett

Towards an Inclusive “Green Economy”: Rethinking Ethics and Economy in the Age of the Anthropocene

Achim Steiner

The Two Worlds Approach for Mitigating Air Pollution and Climate Change

V. (Ram) Ramanathan | PAS Academician

Mainstreaming the Values of Nature for People into Decision-Making

Gretchen Daily

Energy for Sustainable and Equitable Development

Daniel M. Kammen

Global Knowledge Action Network

Charles F. Kennel

Valuing Nature: Getting the Trade-offs Right

Karl-Goran Maler and Charles Perrings

Sustainable Transformation of Human Society in Asia

Yuan Tseh Lee | PAS Academician

VIII. Social Infrastructure

The Price of Inequality: How Today’s Divided Society Endangers our Future

Joseph E. Stiglitz | PASS Academician

Humanity’s Responsibility Toward Creation – An Ethical and Anthropological Challenge

Archbishop Roland Minnerath | PASS Academician

Nature and the Law: The Global Commons and the Common Concern of Humankind

Edith Brown Weiss

IX. Social Inclusion

Towards a Social Balance of the Current Globalization

Juan José Llach | PASS Academician

Sustainable Education: Uruguay’s Plan Ceibal

Antonio M. Battro | PAS Academician

Being Trafficked to Work: How Can Human Trafficking Be Made Unsustainable?

Margaret Archer | PASS President

Labour Precarity, Social Exclusion and People’s Economy

Juan Grabois

The Influence of Virtuous Human Life in Sustaining Nature

Stefano Zamagni | PASS Academician

Social Inclusion in Governance and Peace-Building in Asia

Wilfrido V. Villacorta | PASS Academician

Intergenerational Solidarity: Old and New Scenarios, Challenges and Prospects

Pierpaolo Donati | PASS Academician

X. Closing Session: Motivating Societies

What Role for Scientists?

Naomi Oreskes

Existential Risks

Martin J. Rees | PAS Academician

Humanity’s Responsibility Toward Nature

Enrico Berti | PAS Academician

Special Session for the 20th Anniversary of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences

The History of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences

Herbert Schambeck | PASS Academician