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General Assembly 2008 “Anthropocene Age: Perils and Prospects for the 21 st Century” (Aalankrita Hotel, Hyderabad, India; 16-20 October 2008) ‏ Panel on Ethics and Policies for Sustainable Futures. The World Academy of Art and Science. Rationale for the Anthropocene Age.

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The world academy of art and science

General Assembly 2008

“Anthropocene Age: Perils and Prospects for the 21st Century”

(Aalankrita Hotel, Hyderabad, India; 16-20 October 2008)‏

Panel on Ethics and Policies for Sustainable Futures

The World Academy of Art and Science


Rationale for the anthropocene age

Rationale for the Anthropocene Age

  • Transition from Nature-based to Human-based evolution:

  • 'Noosphere' (Vernadsky, de Chardin)‏

  • 'Vedanta' (Ultimate reality) or Gaia (Tagore, Gandhi, Russell, Einstein, Aurobindo, Lovelock, Campbell, Margulis)‏

  • 'Creative vitality' (Bergson)‏

  • Third level of Planetary organization – Information / Knowledge economy / Cultural ethical memes


Evolutionary transitions based on information knowledge

Evolutionary Transitions based on Information & Knowledge

  • Autopoiesis (self-regulation) of Centre-Periphery asymmetries towards Homeorhesis:

  • Economic & Social globalization

  • Political globalization

  • Cultural globalization

  • Environmental & Resources globalization

  • Financial globalization

  • Knowledge globalization


Emerging ethical issues 3 clusters

Emerging Ethical Issues – 3 Clusters

  • Inter-generational ethics – Enshrined in law

  • Distributional ethics & justice – Problematic implementation

  • Citizen & Corporate behavioural ethics – Standards, Recognition & Educational modalities yet to be defined

    = Critical for Education for Sustainable Futures


Waas challenge explore ethical causes of global asymmetries

WAAS Challenge = Explore Ethical Causes of Global Asymmetries

  • Characterization: Types / Patterns / Topologies

    • Negative 'externalities' & Off-sets / Benefit transfers

  • Validation: through

    • Multi-stakeholder forums / case studies

    • Robust & common methodological approaches

  • Learning: about Human dignity, Civil order, & Global civilization

  • Policy mechanisms: Visions / Strategies, Principles / Codes ('soft' law), Mottoes / Myths / Religions


Panel objectives

Panel Objectives

  • To identify ethical issues emanating from various forms of globalisation as exemplified in global-regional-local asymmetries affecting individuals, societies and economies, exacerbated by climate change, so as

    • To characterise and validate them,

    • To learn from them, and

    • To explore designing policy mechanisms guaranteeing individual & collective freedoms & security as the basis for global order, prosperity and civilization.


Panel structure

Panel Structure

  • Socio-economic & Political globalization

  • Cultural & Environmental globalization

  • Knowledge & Innovation globalization

  • Mechanisms & Approaches


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