Problemy Ekorozwoju/ Problems of Sustainable Development is a journal of The European Academy of Science and Arts, Salzburg, Austria, published by the Lublin University of Technology (Politechnika Lubelska), Lublin, Poland.
Problemy Ekorozwoju/Problems of Sustainable Development is an interdisciplinary journal, connected with different sciences, from philosophy, through economy to environmental engineering. Every paper should however refer to the basic paradigms of sustainable development. We also prefer international comparisons than local studies.
The journal is issued from the year 2006. Our first affiliation was Polish Academy of Science and Man and the Environment Committee (Polska Akademia Nauk, Komitet Człowiek i Środowisko, 2006-2007). Printing of first few issues (2007-2008) was sponsored by Provincial Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management in Lublin (Wojewódzki Fundusz Ochrony Środowiska i Gospodarki Wodnej w Lublinie) and then (years 2009-2011) by the State Environmental Council of Poland (Państwowa Rada Ochrony Środowiska).
The sustainable development concept, which the journal is dedicated to, is crucial for the future of our civilization. It was formulated at a time when humankind had the technical means at its disposal to engage in pretty much any transformation of the world it wanted. No surprise then that it tends to become lost in the objectives that transformations of the kinds referred to are meant to serve.
For many years now, our technical capabilities have been quite up to the task of achieving the biosphere’s total destruction, and even if that does not actually happen, there remains a real and immediate prospect of the world’s fossil-fuel and other resources being severely depleted or exhausted. Moreover, the state of the natural environment globally is worsening steadily. The disparities between rich and poor countries grow. While global production of food has remained great enough to give everyone enough, millions continue to go hungry. There is also an intensification of social conflicts whose causes must often be sought in poverty. At the same time, increasing automation is encouraging unemployment, and leading to a feeling among whole groups in society that they are somehow surplus to requirements, living on the margins of contemporary civilisation and experiencing progressing exclusion from it.
Even these selected challenges are enough to make clear just how complicated and difficult the situation today’s world finds itself in really is. Is it possible that the all-too-visible crisis looming over us can be counteracted? It was precisely to do that that the sustainable development concept was formulated – not merely as yet another programme to protect the natural environment, since the scope and perspectives as regards necessary action extend so very much more widely. While the voice of the naturalist remains an important one, points of view from the philosophical, economic and technical sciences are also to be taken account of.
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