Author: James Gustave SpethPublisher: Orient LongmanYear: 2004Language: EnglishPages: 314ISBN/UPC (if available): 8125027408
This book will change the way we understand the future of our planet. It is both alarming and hopeful. James Gustave Speth, renowned as a visionary environmentalist leader, warns that in spite of all the international negotiations and agreements of the past two decades, efforts to protect Earth’s environment are not succeeding. Still, he says, the challenges are not insurmountable. He offers comprehensive, viable new strategies for dealing with environmental threats around the world.The author explains why current approaches to critical global environmental problems-climate change, biodiversity loss, deterioration of marine environments, deforestation, water shortages, and others-don’t work now and won’t work in the future. He provides a stinging critique of the failure of U S leadership and offers intriguing insights into why the U S has been able to address domestic environmental threats with some success while largely failing at the international level. Setting forth eight specific steps to a sustainable future, Speth convincingly argues that dramatically different and far-reaching actions by citizens and governments are now urgent. If ever a book could be described as essential, this is it.
PREFACEPROLOGUE: 1980PART ONE: ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES GO GLOBALA World of WoundsLost in EdenPollution and Climate Change in a Full WorldPART TWO: AND THE WORLD RESPONDSFirst Attempt at Global Environmental GovernanceAnatomy of FailurePART THREE: FACING UP TO UNDERLYING CAUSESTen Drivers of Environmental DeteriorationGlobalization and the EnvironmentPART FOUR: THE TRANSITION TO SUSTAINABILITYAttacking the Root CausesTaking Good Governance SeriouslyThe Most Fundamental Transition of AllResources for CitizensList of AbbreviationsNotesFor Further Reading: A BookshelfIndex