Planetary well-being 1

Teea Kortetmäki, Mikael Puurtinen, Miikka Salo, Riikka Aro, Stefan Baumeister, Rémi Duflot, Merja Elo, Panu Halme, Hanna-Mari Husu, Suvi Huttunen, Katriina Hyvönen, Sanna Karkulehto, Saana Kataja-aho, Kirsi E. Keskinen, Inari Kulmunki, Tuuli Mäkinen, Annukka Näyhä, Mari-Anne Okkolin, Tommi Perälä, Jenna PurhonenKaisa J. Raatikainen, Liia-Maria Raippalinna, Kirsi Salonen, Katri Savolainen, Janne S. Kotiaho

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Tensions between the well-being of present humans, future humans, and nonhuman nature manifest in social protests and political and academic debates over the future of Earth. The increasing consumption of natural resources no longer increases, let alone equalizes, human well-being, but has led to the current ecological crisis and harms both human and nonhuman well-being. While the crisis has been acknowledged, the existing conceptual frameworks are in some respects ill-equipped to address the crisis in a way that would link the resolving of the crisis with the pivotal aim of promoting equal well-being. The shortcomings of the existing concepts in this respect relate to anthropocentric normative orientation, methodological individualism that disregards process dynamics and precludes integrating the considerations of human and nonhuman well-being, and the lack of multiscalar considerations of well-being. This work derives and proposes the concept of planetary well-being to address the aforementioned conceptual issues, to recognize the moral considerability of both human and nonhuman well-being, and to promote transdisciplinary, cross-cultural discourse for addressing the crisis and for promoting societal and cultural transformation. Conceptually, planetary well-being shifts focus on well-being from individuals to processes, Earth system and ecosystem processes, that underlie all well-being. Planetary well-being is a state where the integrity of Earth system and ecosystem processes remains unimpaired to a degree that species and populations can persist to the future and organisms have the opportunity to achieve well-being. After grounding and introducing planetary well-being, this work shortly discusses how the concept can be operationalized and reffects upon its potential as a bridging concept between different worldviews.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInterdisciplinary Perspectives On Planetary Well-Being
EditorsMerja Elo, Jonne Hytönen, Sanna Karkulehto, Teea Kortetmäki, Janne S. Kotiaho, Mikael Puurtinen, Miikka Salo
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781003334002
ISBN (Print)9781032368283
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in Sustainable Development

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 3

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • General Business,Management and Accounting
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Environmental Science


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