Depletion of resources and deterioration of environment, both occurring in the global scale, are the problems we are facing now. The action of human beings unavoidably consumes the resources and degrades the environment. Thus, resolution of these problems requires us to focus on “lifetimes” intrinsic to natural environment, living organism, human society and substances, construct action plans considering respective lifetimes, and execute those plans in an integrated way. This research unit aims at exploring/developing the idea and method of such plans focusing on the lifetime, on the basis of interdisciplinary collaborative researches that have been conducted by willing faculty members of seven participating institutes. The idea/method thus developed should be consistent with the obvious fact that the human society has a well-defined lifetime and cannot be sustained forever. Consequently, this idea/method for constructing the sustainable society should be of dynamic nature and cover the whole globe, which is totally different from a conventional idea/method targeting endless growth of the society in limited local areas.
Gokasho Uji-city, Kyoto