New visions for sustainability during a pandemic towards sustainable wellbeing in a changing planet

Adriana Galvani, Maria Sotelo Perez, Alan A. Lew

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Sustainability has been evolving in tandem with societal progress, and as humankind advances, the vision and quality of sustainable development will also change, and most likely in ways that are as yet unpredictable. Sustainability might be incrementally achieved through the integration of economics with biology, philosophy, and neurology. It might also be realized by enhancing our knowledge, our sense and appreciation of environmental beauty and by qualitative and authentic improvements of places, especially tourism destinations. At the end, changes in the physical world only come through changes in human mentality and consciousness. In recent decades, the human mind has been producing exponential changes, though some of these have been delivered in perhaps less than desirable directions. Sustainability, in this sense, is an unending process of moving toward positive outcomes, defined by shifting human beliefs, desires, knowledge, and experiences. Health concerns have always prevented the desires and myths of traveling, but COVID 19 is also precluding the needs of moving.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)22-42
Number of pages21
JournalEuropean Journal of Geography
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2020


  • aesthetics
  • consciousness
  • environment
  • ethics
  • quality of life
  • sustainability
  • tourism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development


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