08 Mar 2023
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ESD Ideas: To address planetary crises, we must understand our place on Earth

Daniel Duzdevich, Arwen E. Nicholson, and Raphaëlle D Haywood

Abstract. Studying the origin of life and its prevalence in the universe offers a perspective that compels us to look after our irreplaceable home in the cosmos. An entrenched conception of humans as distinct from Nature prevents us from seeing and embracing our place in space and time, to our catastrophic detriment. We call on our colleagues to harness this unique perspective to connect their research with broader problems facing humanity, while leveraging the trust, credibility, and privilege of the scientific enterprise.

Daniel Duzdevich et al.

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Researchers investigating the deep history of life on Earth, and its place in the cosmos can offer a unique perspective on global crises. It takes the entire biosphere to support us, a biosphere that has co-evolved with Earth over billions of years. Combining astronomical observations with Earth's geological record demonstrates that our only viable home is Earth. We call on our colleagues to connect their research with global issues and to engage with them as agents of the scientific enterprise.