Socio-problematization of green chemistry : enriching systems thinking and social sustainability by education

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Publication Article, review peer-reviewed scientific
Title Socio-problematization of green chemistry : enriching systems thinking and social sustainability by education
Author Marcelino, Leonardo ; Sjöström, Jesper ; Marques, Carlos Alberto
Date 2019
English abstract
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.
DOI https://doi.org/10.3390/su11247123 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Link https://doi.org/10.3390/su11247123 .Icon
Publisher MDPI
Host/Issue Sustainability;
Volume 11
Language eng (iso)
Subject 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
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREAS
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