GEOETHICS: BUILDING AN ETHICAL FRAMEWORK OF REFERENCE FOR RESEARCH AND PRACTICE IN GEOSCIENCES
The urgency to reconsider the relationship between humans and Earth and to manage resources and natural processes within a paradigm of common sense, wisdom and foresight helps describe the foundation of Geoethics and the trigger to stimulate the recent growth in attention.
Starting from these considerations, during the 34th International Geological Congress in 2012 Brisbane (Australia), the IAPG – International Association for Promoting Geoethics (http://www.iapg.geoethics.org) was founded.
The IAPG was born to build a new awareness in the scientific community. It aims at joining forces with geoscientists from all over the world, through creation of an international, multidisciplinary and scientific platform for discussing ethical problems and dilemmas in Earth Sciences, as well as for promoting Geoethics themes through scientific publications and conferences. The main goal of IAPG is to give a new cultural framework of reference, in which to develop shared values within the scientific community.
Herein we provide an overview on the IAPG goals, activities and ongoing initiatives.