A CROSS-CULTURAL DIALOGUE TO SAVE THE PLANET
Realizing Sustainable Development Goals 2030
The objective of this paper is to find the significance of a cross-cultural dialogue in the context of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2030, specifically SDG 6 and SDG 12-15 which directly aim at sustainability of nature and the planet. During the times of the pandemic crisis the real challenge is to reform the global economy without causing environmental degradation guided by ethical vision and value systems embedded in diverse cultures. The pandemic situation turns our attention to see that the developmental needs of each nation is unique and hence there cannot be a unilateral and totalizing framework like the scientific one which is but anthropocentric in realizing the above SDGs. It is here that alternative models based on the biocentric view that every living organism has a moral significance and intrinsic value finds much relevance. The long tradition of cultural and ethico-religious values, typified as Earth Values, help in fostering global-local relations and the transformation of a political community around global ethics. Only a science-culture interface moulded in an ethical value framework can be successful in realizing the SDG’s. The contemporary writings and researches done on sustainability reveals that such cross-cultural engagements have already begun, and the paper investigates how value systems can give a good ethical momentum in ethical decision-making and sustainable action plans.
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