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Earth at a Crossroads: Paths to a Sustainable Future

By: Hartmut Bossel

338 pages, 28 line illus, 19 tabs

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Jun 1998 | #82800 | ISBN: 0521639956
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Hardback | Jul 1998 | #76952 | ISBN: 0521630053
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About this book

Describes in a non-technical way two alternate visions of the future, in the quest for a sustainable future for global society. Path A results from a continuation of current trends, and a contrasting Path B would result from adhering to principles of sustainability and protection of the natural system in the interests of future generations. The book identifies the many small and large steps that should be taken, to which we can all contribute.
`...for the audience of aware, concerned people, futurists, environmentalists, business people, journalists, academics, this book will be considered a classic. It will be considered a `must-read'.' Professor Donella Meadows, Environmental Studies Programme, Dartmouth College, UK

'! for the audience of aware, concerned people, futurists, environmentalists, business people, journalists, academics, this book will be considered a classic. It will be considered a 'must-read'.' Professor Donella Meadows, Environmental Studies Programme, Dartmouth College 'This is well-argued case for a change in thinking about the way we organise our society, based on a sound understanding of how the complex environmental, economic, and social systems work and interact with each other. Read it and it will change your perceptions of the problems that face us, and the solutions that are possible.' J. N. R. Jeffers, Sustainable Development and World Ecology


Contents

Part I. Concepts and Tools: 1. Mapping the future; 2. Riverbeds of the future; 3. Understanding dynamics; 4. Assessing progress; Part II. Two Visions of the Futre: 5. Infrastructure; 6. Economic system; 7. Social system; 8. Individual development; 9. Government; 10. Environment, resources, future; Part III. From Vision to Action: 11. World views and principles; 12. Agenda for change; Epilogue; Further reading; Notes; References; Index.

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