Key advantages of the leverage points perspective to shape human-nature relations

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Title
Key advantages of the leverage points perspective to shape human-nature relations
Journal
Ecosystems and People
Author(s)
Riechers Maraja, Loos Jacqueline, Balázsi Ágnes, García-Llorente Marina, Bieling Claudia, Burgos-Ayala Aracely, Chakroun Leila, Mattijssen Thomas J.M., Muhr Maximilian M., Pérez-Ramírez Irene, Raatikainen Kaisa J., Rana Sakshi, Richardson Miles, Rosengren Linda, West Simon
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2021
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
17
Number
1
Pages
205-214
Language
english
Abstract
This perspective paper synthesises the special issue ‘Human-nature connectedness as a leverage point for sustainability transformation’. Based on the articles in this special issue, we aim to foster the operationalisation of the leverage points perspective to shape human-nature relations to enable sustainability transformations. Specifically, we draw on four key advantages of the leverage points perspective: (i) the explicit recognition of deep leverage points; (ii) the ability to examine the interactions between shallow and deep system changes; (iii) the combination of causal and teleological modes of research; and (iv) the ability to function as a methodological boundary object. The contributions to this special issue revealed three deep leverage points addressing paradigm shifts in research and beyond: relational thinking and values, stewardship philosophy and shifting the economic growth paradigm to focus on human well-being. We highlight interlinkages between leverage points to further strengthen the transformative potential of interventions that aim at triggering shifts in our understanding about human-nature relations. Further, we show a way to bridge causal and teleological approaches by envisioning desired futures. Lastly, we emphasise the potential of arts-based methodologies, including participatory, transdisciplinary research to foster sustainability transformation and how this can be combined within the leverage points perspective.
Keywords
human-nature connectedness, milieu, relational turn, relational values, stewardship, transformative change
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Yes
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