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Human flourishing and the environment

A paper exploring the link between human wellbeing and environmental sustainability

2010 Available in English

Human flourishing is often considered in terms of social and economic wellbeing. With more people living in cities than in the countryside, urbanisation means that we can overlook, or even forget, the ultimate dependence of human well-being on the Earth. The fact is that there can be an environment without society or economy – but there can be no society or economy without a functioning environment.

This paper outlines the main questions around ecological sustainability and human flourishing, and strongly proposes that urban communities would benefit from remembering their interdependence with the natural world.

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