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We believe that the humanities are an indispensable resource for how we live with environmental change. Humanities knowledge is increasingly important for a globalizing world where religion, media, narrative, myth and culture play an ever larger role in economies and world affairs. But for the sustainability agenda the humanities are a huge and so far largely untapped resource.

The future of the planet is determined by our actions, our behaviour as consumers and as citizens. The individual choices we make sum up to a behavioural aggregate, which is bad for the planet and bad for ourselves. Global changes are known - we can measure and discuss the significance of differences of degrees of warming, weather patterns and water rise, but the big challenges are known. What we do not know is how we may change direction.

We have successfully adapted as a species to environmental change in the past, when forces of nature were beyond our control. We have also successfully survived the threat of nuclear warfare when we invented the means of our own destruction.

But will we be able to address the challenges of repetitive behaviour when all our incentive structures go against such change? Here is a vast agenda for the humanities as we are concerned with human motivation, ideas, thought processes and human action.

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Last updated 27 March 2017 History (Email).