Ethics of a Planetary Sustainability


  • For a short overview of the project ideas, see my blog post @CUP.  
    There is a German blog post as well, and a RadioBern1 Teaser (MP3, 4.7 MB).
  • For a detailed read why we need planetary sustainability, see the article The need of an ethics of planetary sustainability in the International Journal of Astrobiology 2018.
    In the same journal, there is a discussion of the term "planetary sustainability" by Claus Beisbart (2019), and a response by me (forthcoming).
  • A special issue of the brand new CUP journal globalsustainability will be fully dedicated to planetary sustainability,
    drawing on the #DEVPLASUS workshop.  This is the main goal of the current project.
    See all published papers here (Open Access).
  • A COSPAR paper with André Galli has been accepted.
  • Three book chapters have been contributed:
  1. "Interplanetary Sustainability. Mars as a means of a long term sustainable development of humankind in the solar system?", in: Konrad Szocik (ed.), The human factor in a mission to Mars. An interdisciplinary approach, Springer 2019 [forthcoming]
  2. „The challenges of cultural sustainability on an (inter)planetary scale“, in: Torsten Meireis and Gabriele Rippl (Eds.),Cultural Sustainability: Perspectives from the Humanities and Social Sciences, Routledge 2019, 98-108
  3. "Preserving the heavens and the Earth: Planetary sustainability from a Biblical and educational perspective", in: Issues in Science and Religion, Springer 2019 [forthcoming]
  • Besides, the project is envisioned to lead to a book.
    Sequence of chapters planned:
    1. "Introductory chapter"
    2. “Dimensions of Planetary Sustainability”
    3. “Space Debris, Space Mining and Sustainable Development”
    4. “The Question of 'Astrobiology' and Ethical Issues emerging”
    5. “Constructive Critical Realism and Planetary Sustainability”
    6. “Conclusion”

          Contents of individual chapters could partially be prepublished as contents of papers which would also be listed here.

  • Interested in a youtube-presentation of the ideas? Find it here.
    Another version with Spanish subtitles: here.

  • There is even a German sermon dedicated to reflect on the project's meaning. If you have a quiet hour, read it here.

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