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Marcelino, Leonardo
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Marcelino, L., Sjöström, J. & Marques, C. A. (2019). Socio-problematization of green chemistry: enriching systems thinking and social sustainability by education (ed.). Sustainability, 11, Article ID 7123.
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2019 (English)In: Sustainability, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 11, article id 7123Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The current research on systems thinking criticizes the additive nature of green chemistry (GC) not being supportive of systems thinking to achieve holism in its practices. This paper argues that systems thinking should comprise of the social issues, and, therefore, it studies renowned papers by GC pioneers and reviews on the field regarding how they address the social dimension of sustainability. It points out how GC has ignored social sustainability in its discourses, practices, and evaluations, leading to a reductionist interpretation of sustainability. Then, this paper presents some challenges to be overcome in order to achieve balanced sustainability. A systemic chemical thinking is advocated, considering chemistry in culture and chemistry as culture, expanding the chemistry rationality from ontological and technological dimensions into the epistemological and ethical ones. It is then discussed how chemistry education can help to promote sustainability in a broad and systemic way.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
MDPI, 2019
sustainability, green chemistry, sustainable chemistry, social sustainability, problematization, education, chemistry education, chemical thinking, systems thinking, systemic chemical thinking, Bildung, social participation in science, democracy in science, social dimension of sustainability, chemistry in culture, chemistry as culture, chemistry rationality, ontology, epistemology, ethics, philosophy of chemistry, sustainable development, Sustainable Development Goals, three pillars, Responsible Care Program, social responsibility, life cycle assessment, LCA, social life cycle assessment, technological optimism, green chemistry education, science education, Green Chemistry
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-909 (URN)10.3390/su11247123 (DOI)000506899000226 ()2-s2.0-85083856967 (Scopus ID)30673 (Local ID)30673 (Archive number)30673 (OAI)
Available from: 2020-02-27 Created: 2020-02-27 Last updated: 2024-02-06Bibliographically approved
Marcelino, L. & Sjöström, J. (2018). (Un)Sustainability and the Critical Role of Education (ed.). In: (Ed.), : . Paper presented at International Week, Malmö, Sweden (November 20-22, 2018).
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2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Sustainability is considered to be simultaneously based on the economy, environment, and society, which interacts to promote social equity while being viable and bearable to promote a sustainable state. However, there have been critics to the possibility of achieving sustainability, either because the Social Sciences says the equity is not possible/bearable in a capitalist economy or due to entropic limits stated by the Natural Sciences, indicating that sustainability is not viable. Facing what seems to be unsustainability of the human existence on Earth, we can direct education to unveil the myth of our salvation by scientific and technological development. It requires a critical-reflexive position towards knowledge and practices. Examples will especially be taken from the area of Green and Sustainable Chemistry (Education).

education, sustainability, green chemistry, chemistry education, entropic limit, reflexivity, critical perspectives
National Category
Natural Sciences
urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-11256 (URN)27015 (Local ID)27015 (Archive number)27015 (OAI)
International Week, Malmö, Sweden (November 20-22, 2018)
Available from: 2020-02-29 Created: 2020-02-29 Last updated: 2022-04-26Bibliographically approved

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