Applying cultural evolution to sustainability challenges: an introduction to the special issue

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Dec 14, 2017
Jeremy S. Brooks, Timothy M. Waring, Monique Borgerhoff Mulder, Peter J. Richerson



Human activity at multiple scales is the primary driver of the environmental challenges humanity faces (Steffen et al. 2007). Numerous scholars have argued that addressing environmental problems will require large-scale change in human behavior and the institutional, social and cultural forces that shape behavior (Princen 2003; Speth 2008; Beddoe et al. 2009; Assadourian 2010; Kinzig et al. 2013). In fact, most definitions of sustainability and sustainable development implicitly or explicitly recognize the need for changes in human perspectives, aspirations, technologies, norms, or worldviews—in short, culture.


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