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Current knowledge of the "earth system" clarifies issues of strong sustainability
José Halloy
Thu, May. 23rd 2024, 11:00-12:00
Bât. 714, P. 1129 Visio Zoom, LSCE Orme des Merisiers

Questions of sustainability imply the need to take complex systems into account: from socio-technical systems to earth systems. Paradoxically, knowledge and approaches based on complex systems are still underrepresented in sustainability research. Here, I will examine the matter-energy balance of the Earth system, arguing that we don't have an energy (J) problem, but fundamental questions concerning power (W) and materials. I will invoke the notion of metabolism to show the unsustainability of the technosphere as it currently exists.  For example, I will present the questions raised by a long-term status quo scenario. Are we heading for the end of metals? The metabolism of living beings and of the earth system will serve as a guide to asking the right research questions for the invention of strong sustainability. In conclusion, I will stress the need to move away from today's zombie technologies towards living technologies.

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