Linnaeus is one of the world's most famous scientists and it is natural to ensure that the events arranged for the celebration in 2007 have a clear environmental profile. The now widespread concept of "sustainable development" is as natural a development of Linnaeus' work as the developments in ecology, botany and zoology. Celebration of the Linnaeus anniversary offers both an opportunity and a responsibility to work towards sustainable development. Linnaeus' work within several scientific fields can be used in an ecological context, and the educational investment in the relevant subjects will be made available for children and young people, the general public, tourists, operatives, and all institutions of education and schools.One way in which this takes place is through the educational programme for schools, while another way is through information about the environmental programme and the environmental policy on the website. Local activities are also being arranged.
Sustainable development in an international perspective usually links environmental considerations with economic and social aspects. Linnaeus was also involved in economic issues, everything from the economics of the family and local farms to national economics. One of the aims of the journey through Skåne in 1749, which was undertaken under the auspices of the country's rulers, and other journeys, was to investigate economic conditions.
Linnaeus was the first "ecologist", a concept that didn't exist until one hundred years later. His insights into ecology, the interactions and cycles of nature comprise a major part of his works, and form a foundation for his scientific work. Linnaeus created several concepts that were used subsequently by Charles Darwin, the father of evolutionary biology. Linnaeus has thus also contributed to the development of evolutionary biology.
The Environmental Effects of the Linnaeus Anniversary
The Linnaeus Commission itself will not carry out operations in practice: the Commission encourages activities and approves their quality. This means that the Commission and its regional representatives will work in the spirit of Linnaeus through his insights into ecological resonances. This will take place by inspiring and encouraging:
tree plantation in Africa and Baltic Sea projects
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All information on this web site is from the Linnaeus Tercentenary year of 2007 and has not been updated since. If using texts from this web site, please refer to Linnaeus2007 as the source.