The responsibility of Chemists for a better world : challenges and potentialities beyond the lab

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Title The responsibility of Chemists for a better world : challenges and potentialities beyond the lab
Author Eilks, Ingo ; Sjöström, Jesper ; Zuin, Vânia
Date 2017
English abstract
There is no doubt that chemistry is in the heart of the economy of every developed or emerging country. Chemistry is necessary to make the world a better place in terms of prosperity and welfare. It is the ground for modern agriculture, pharmacy, and provides the basic materials for any other producing industries. However, not all developments in which chemistry was involved in the past were of benefit to the world in terms human health, raw materials consumption, and the environment. Green chemistry is suggested to provide a more responsible alternative of doing chemistry in research and industry – today and for the future. This article supports the view that the way towards more sustainability in this field needs a change in doing chemistry, but in the same time it argues that the responsibility of the chemists for sustainability goes much further. The stewardship of the chemists also covers responsibility to contribute to societal decisions and discourse about chemistry and, at the same time, to help developing a different, more balanced and contemporary view on chemistry in both society and chemistry education.
Link http://rebeq.revistascientificas.com.br/edicoes.ph... (external link to publication)
Publisher Editora Átomo
Host/Issue Revista Brasileira de Ensino de Química;1
Volume 12
ISSN 1809-6158
Language eng (iso)
Subject sustainability
green chemistry
sustainable chemistry
scientific literacy
chemistry
responsibility
Sciences
Research Subject Categories::NATURAL SCIENCES
Research Subject Categories::TECHNOLOGY
Research Subject Categories::INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREAS
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