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Socio-problematization of green chemistry: enriching systems thinking and social sustainability by education
Malmö University, Faculty of Education and Society (LS), Department of Natural Science, Mathematics and Society (NMS).
Malmö University, Faculty of Education and Society (LS), Department of Natural Science, Mathematics and Society (NMS).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3083-1716
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.

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MDPI, 2019. Vol. 11, article id 7123
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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
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-909DOI: 10.3390/su11247123ISI: 000506899000226Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85083856967Local ID: 30673OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-909DiVA, id: diva2:1397588
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