Building a sustainable society is perhaps the greatest test that the world has ever faced. Prosperity has been created by ruthless and ill-disciplined mining of the world's resources, compounded by a cavalier disregard for the implications of pollution from industrial and agricultural processes. Today's generation has borrowed from the future by grabbing prosperity now and imposing the cost on the next generation. In this startling and informative book, which will appeal to both students and general readers, award-winning writer Chris Goodall provides a coherent new explanation of what sustainability actually is. Goodall then goes onto explore nine key sustainability challenges, applying the theory of sustainability to look at food, travel, clothing, electricity, heating and cooling, paper and cardboard, construction, consumer electronics, and air travel.
Introduction - what do we mean by 'sustainability'?
5) Heating and cooling
6) Paper and cardboard
7) Cement and other construction materials, such as steel
8) Consumer electronics
9) Air travel
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Chris Goodall (Cambridge, England) is a highly regarded writer and campaigner on environmental issues. Educated at Cambridge University and Harvard Business School, he is one of the leading global voices on sustainability. He writes regularly for the Guardian and the Independent, and on his widely followed blog Carbon Commentary. Recent speaking engagements include Cheltenham Literary Festival, the Science Museum, Hay Festival, Bristol Festival of Ideas and Oxford Venturefest.