Ethics of a Planetary Sustainability


Short overview of the project's ideas

See my blog post @CUP.  
There is a German blog post as well, and a RadioBern1 Teaser (MP3, 4.7 MB).

Detailed read

Details about 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 concept of "planetary sustainability" with philosopher Claus Beisbart (2019).


A collection of the new CUP journal GlobalSustainability will be fully dedicated to planetary sustainability, drawing on the #DEVPLASUS workshop.  This is the new main goal of the project. With time, see all published papers here (Open Access).

COSPAR paper

A COSPAR paper with André Galli has been published. It is Open Access as well: Beyond planetary protection: What is planetary sustainability and what are its implications for space research?Life Sciences in Space Research

Book chapters

  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, 157-166
  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]

Further publications

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.

Social Media

When you are working in the field, you can follow the PI's publications on, or
Else (or: also), you can subscribe to the project mailing list to stay informed.