Special Issue 2, December 2018
Article Number: 03
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Global Voice for Survival: An Ecosystemic Approach for the Environment and the Quality of Life

Pilon, A.F.
Pages 396-407

Abstract—In view of the overwhelming pressures on the global environment and the need to disrupt the systems that drive
them, an ecosystemic theoretical and practical framework is posited for the evaluation and planning of public policies, research
and teaching programmes, encompassing four dimensions of being-in-the-world (intimate, interactive, social and biophysical),
as they combine, as donors and recipients, to induce the events (deficits/assets), cope with consequences (desired/undesired)
and contribute for change (potential outputs). The focus is not on the “bubbles” of the surface (consequences, fragmented
issues), but on the configurations deep inside the boiling pot where the problems emerge. New paradigms of development,
growth, power, wealth, work and freedom, embedded at institutional level, include heterogeneous attributes, behaviours and
interactions and the dynamics of the systems (institutions, populations, political, economic, cultural and ecological
background). Instead of dealing with the bubbles (segmented, reduced issues) and trying to solve isolated and localized
problems without addressing the general phenomenon, the proposal emphasizes the definition of the problems deep inside the
“boiling pot”, where the problems emerge, encompassing the current “world-system” with its boundaries, structures, technoeconomic
paradigms, support groups, rules of legitimation, and coherence. In the socio-cultural learning niches, heuristichermeneutic
experiences generate awareness, interpretation and understanding beyond established stereotypes, from a thematic
(“what”), an epistemic (“how”) and a strategic (policies) point of view. The proposal relates to how taken for granted
worldviews, values and perceptions affect environmental problems and quality of life.

Keywords—education, culture, politics, economics, ethics, environment, ecosystems