Sustainability: The Next 100 Years

Author(s): Sander Van Der Leeuw

Year: 2018


This paper argues that much sustainability research, which sees the challenge as an environmental one rather than as a societal one, misses the fact that the societal changes that are occurring are so fundamental, as part of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) revolution, that our societies will be unrecognizable before the impact of the environmental changes hits our world most heavily, in the second half of the current century. The paper will argue that developing a societal perspective on socio-environmental sustainability is essential to come to grips with our future. The Maya area is an interesting one to do this for, as its society is undergoing accelerated societal changes as part of globalization and development.

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Sustainability: The Next 100 Years. Sander Van Der Leeuw. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 444164)

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Abstract Id(s): 18831