Vol. 10 No. 2 (2022): Eco-territorialism. The bioregional perspective
Science in action

From sustainability to self-sustainability: considerations on the eco-territorialist proposal

Fabrizio Ferreri
PhD Università di Milano e Università Kore di Enna
Climate change and biodiversity decline made ecology "the" issue of today's world. Image: SaintGeorgeIV, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Published 2022-12-13


  • self-sustainability,
  • place awareness,
  • bioregion,
  • community,
  • return to the territory

How to Cite

Ferreri, F. (2022). From sustainability to self-sustainability: considerations on the eco-territorialist proposal. Scienze Del Territorio, 10(2). https://doi.org/10.13128/sdt-13698


In the transition from sustainability to self-sustainability, which corresponds to the revision of the notion of environment in the direction of the concept of territory, it is possible to highlight the epistemological turning point of eco-territorial proposal. The environmental and ecological issue requires a holistic consideration, in the synthesis between theory and practice, capable of reaffirming a new subjectivity of the territory within the framework of an 'other' development compared to the dominant neoliberal model. 'Return to the territory' and 'place awareness' are welded together for a territorial ecology, not simply defensive, which questions in depth the generative rules of the relationship between man and territory in order to restore place-based social, cultural and economic forms of life.


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