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SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND COMPARATIVE PSYCHOLOGY, THE LATIN AMERICAN PERSPECTIVE

[Speaker] Ardila, Ruben:1
1:National University of Colombia (Colombia)

The study of non-human animals has been very relevant for human civilization. The native societies that lived in the Americas before the arrival of the Europeans, were very well integrated with nature. They had found ways to survive and to reach what we call "sustainable" development along centuries. In their "Weltanshung" (worldview) animal behavior had a relevant place. Animals were part of daily life and were part of culture. Defense of human settlements, clothing, food, transportation, were provided by non-human animals. In a complex interchange between ecology and social organization, animals were part of everyday life. At the present time with modern changes encountered by complex societies, such as climate change, pollution, new diseases, overpopulation, lack of resources, etc, research on animal behavior can be useful for understanding and solving some of these "big issues".
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