Environmental knowledge management at societal level: A new proposal

AuthorFabio Daneri
PositionUniversity of New York Tirana
IIPCCL Publishing, Tirana-Albania
Academic Journal of Business, Administration, Law and Social Sciences Vol. 1 No. 3
November 2015
ISSN 2410-3918
Acces online at www.iipccl.org
Environmental knowledge management at societal level: A new proposal
Fabio Daneri
University of New York Tirana
Information and data concerning the status of the environment are generally missing or made
available in a sporadic way, in almost all countries in the world. This condition applies to air
quality, but also to sea and earth environmental conditions, creating a situation where the
decisions concerning the environment that people take are not informed at all. As a
consequence, the paper advocates for a new system of environmental knowledge management,
where information concerning air quality, sea and earth conditions, is widely made available
to people, in order to give the possibility to people to decide with an higher degree of
responsibility. New technologies can be used in order to make the information and data as
widely available as possible. The way that people will react to the information made available
will be explored. The paper also explores the first experiments made in this direction, especially
in China and Great Britain.
Keywords: Environment, knowledge management, technology, society, climate change.
According to scientists, our era can be named Anthropocene1, due to the high impact
that the human being is having on the earth. The recent developments concerning
climate change, the modification of chemical composition of water in oceans, the
pollution of earth, with their impact also in terms of environmental and health
emergencies are requiring a new approach in terms of environmental knowledge
management at a society level.
We can actually talk about the creation of a new discipline, since it is arguable that, at
present, there is no society environmental knowledge management. For example,
information concerning the quality of the air is not made available at all in many
countries or it is made available through a top-down approach, for example when
the circulation of the cars is stopped because the level of pollution is deemed to be too
high. The same is true for information concerning other environmental aspects, such
as for example the contamination of the sea, that is sometimes made available by
some environmental associations.
Still, this information is not made available in a systematic and constant way, but on
a sporadic way, either when there is a situation of emergency or some deadline. This
is an approach that does not allow any possibilities of prevention, but it is based
either on a negative level that has been reached or on temporary basis (the pollution
in the sea in particular geographic area is sometimes released before summertime).
1 In particular, see “The age of sustainable development” by Jeffrey Sachs.

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