Addressing Global Environmental Challenges from a Peace by Hans Günter Brauch, Úrsula Oswald Spring, Juliet Bennett,

By Hans Günter Brauch, Úrsula Oswald Spring, Juliet Bennett, Serena Eréndira Serrano Oswald

Addressing worldwide environmental demanding situations from a peace ecology standpoint, the current e-book deals peer-reviewed texts that construct at the increasing box of peace ecology and applies this idea to international environmental demanding situations within the Anthropocene. Hans Günter Brauch (Germany) bargains a typology of time and turning issues within the twentieth century; Juliet Bennett (Australia) discusses the worldwide ecological quandary as a result of a “tyranny of small decisions”; Katharina Bitzker (Canada) debates “the emotional dimensions of ecological peacebuilding” via love of nature; Henri Myrttinen (UK) analyses “preliminary findings on gender, peacebuilding and weather switch in Honduras” whereas Úrsula Oswald Spring (Mexíco) deals a severe evaluate of the coverage and clinical nexus debate on “the water, power, meals and biodiversity nexus”, reflecting on safeguard in Mexico. In ultimate, Brauch discusses no matter if options of sustainability transition may perhaps improve the customers for attaining sustainable peace within the Anthropocene.

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A discussion on ‘peace ecology’ is just starting to emerge (Kyrou 2007; Amster 2014) and has still to be developed in the framework of the Anthropocene (Oswald Spring et al. 2014). 5 The Global Transformations in the Long Nineteenth Century The Industrial Revolution during the long nineteenth century (technical time) brought about a great transformation (Polanyi 1944) of the global economic and social system and also a global transformation of international order (Buzan/Lawson 2015: 17–18). Buzan and Lawson focus “on how global modernity constituted a transformation” in the ‘mode of power’, just as the Neolithic revolution constituted a transformation based on a change in the ‘mode of production’.

3 An Interpretation of Kondratieff Waves. Source Naumer, Hans-Jörg; Nacken, Dennis; Scheurer, Stefan: “The sixth Kondratieff—Long waves of prosperity” (Frankfurt/M: Datastream and Allianz Global Investors Capital Market Analysis, January 2010). Permission was granted by Allianz Global Investors in August 2015 involving a complex configuration of industrialization, rational state-building and ideologies of progress” shifting from a “polycentric world with no dominant centre” to a “core-periphery order” but also “marking a shift in the distribution of power” that changed “the basic sources, or mode of power” (Buzan/Lawson 2015: 1).

Steffen et al. (2007: 616–618) distinguished two stages of the Anthropocene: (a) the industrial era (1800–1945), and (b) the great acceleration (1946–2015) (documented in Fig. 1): From 1950 to 2000 the percentage of the world’s population living in urban areas grew from 30 to 50 % and continues to grow strongly. … The pressure on the global environment from this burgeoning human enterprise is intensifying sharply. Over the past 50 years, humans have changed the world’s ecosystems more rapidly and extensively than in any other comparable period in human history … The Earth is in its sixth great extinction event, with rates of species loss growing rapidly for both terrestrial and marine ecosystems … The atmospheric concentrations of several important greenhouse gases have increased substantially, and the Earth is warming rapidly … More nitrogen is now converted from the atmosphere into reactive forms by fertilizer production and fossil fuel combustion than by all of the natural processes in terrestrial ecosystems put together.

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