The Need to Respect Nature and its Limits

Pluralizing the Anthropocene

15 APR 2021

Schedule: 15:00 - 16:30 (UTC + 1)

The session will be in English

Registration: Events will take place online. All welcome but registration required by this link

Events will take place online. All welcome but registration required

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Helena Freitas (Centre For Functional Ecology | Fundação de Serralves)

Moderators: Gonçalo Santos (CIAS/ Sci-Tech Asia)Ana Luísa Santos (CIAS / University of Coimbra)

The pandemic we are experiencing highlights the excess and irrationality of our production and consumption system, exposing an evident merging of ecological and health crises. We are victims of an economic system that has been asserting itself in a growing blindness before the planetary limits, and that does nothing in the face of the health consequences of the obsession with profit. The development model on which all economic activity is based generates colossal health risks and tremendous social and environmental impacts, while feeding an inequality that has become unsustainable.  The real challenge today is to make the post-crisis an opportunity for individual and collective transformation, assuming our vulnerability and our integral condition of a planet committed to ecology, health and peace; a world bigger than ourselves, based on complicity, diversity and cooperation, capable of welcoming and caring for the plurality of life forms. It is not a question of restoring and returning to a previous condition, but of proposing alternatives for the universal good, with creativity and cooperation, supporting the transition to low-carbon and climate-resilient activities, driven by fair investments, training, knowledge, and embracing the wisdom of the world that is after all our common home.

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Ana Luísa Santos holds a PhD in Anthropology, is a professor at the Department of Life Sciences (DLS) and a full member of the Research Centre for Anthropology and Health (CIAS) at the University of Coimbra. Her research interests are in Biological Anthropology, particularly in the biocultural and multidisciplinary study of health / disease in past populations. Other areas of research are the history of anthropology and museum collections. She is the author of works published in national and international journals and books, resulting from studies carried out in Portugal, Argentina, Jamaica, among other countries. She served as an associate editor for the International Journal of Paleopathology and was vice president of the Paleopathology Association. She is vice director of the DLS, member of the board of the Portuguese Anthropological Association and of the Spanish Paleopathology Association and Coordinator of the Master in Human Evolution and Biology