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Green Planet Blues: Critical Perspectives on Global Environmental Politics

By: Ken Conca(Editor), Geoffrey D Dabelko(Editor)

384 pages, no illustrations

Westview Press

Paperback | Aug 2014 | Edition: 5 | #212707 | ISBN-13: 9780813349527
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About this book

Revised and updated throughout, this unique anthology examines global environmental politics from a range of perspectives-contemporary and classic, activist and scholarly-and reflects voices of the powerless and powerful. Paradigms of sustainability, environmental security, and ecological justice illustrate the many ways environmental problems and their solutions are framed in contemporary international debates about climate, water, forests, toxics, energy, food, biodiversity, and other environmental challenges of the twenty-first century.

Organized thematically, the selections offer a truly global scope. Fourteen new readings discuss globalization and environmental change; transnational activist networks; the UN Environment Programme; environment-conflict linkages, including the case of Darfur; environmental peacebuilding; the debate on greening foreign aid; and the linkages between climate change and human rights. Green Planet Blues stresses the underlying questions of power, interests, authority, and legitimacy that shape environmental debates, and it provides readers with a global range of perspectives on the critical challenges facing the planet and its people.

Praise for prior editions:

"As a professor of environment and development, I would be lost without Conca and Dabelko's Green Planet Blues. This edition builds gracefully from the must-read classics of the 1970s to today's need-to-know issues – such as globalization, the WTO, and the role of local and global civil society. Using a political economy lens to bring together a multiplicity of voices, Conca and Dabelko have assembled a spectacular volume."
– Dr. Robin Broad, American University

"This is the best and most lively introduction to the study of global environmental politics. The editors have assembled a rich and diverse array of voices that capture all of the key ideas, actors, conflicts and themes in this burgeoning field. The fourth edition of Green Planet Blues also confirms, yet again, the editors' finely honed skills in talent spotting."
– Robyn Eckersley, Head of Political Science, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne

"In this updated edition of their classic textbook, Conca and Dabelko have produced a volume that stimulates and challenges. The diverse views represented in the volume challenge orthodox thinking, making for stimulating reading and class discussion. Where other volumes often present a consolidated view of the dominant thinking (or at least the dominant view in the U.S.), this volume provides readers with a much broader view of the perspectives of individuals and institutions shaping the dynamic of global environmental politics. Moreover, the fourth edition reflects recent trends and new knowledge, notably in globalization and peacebuilding as well as more broadly. It is essential reading to understanding the dynamics shaping international environmental law and institutions now and in the foreseeable future."
– Carl Bruch, Senior Attorney and Codirector of International Programs, Environmental Law Institute

"Green Planet Blues remains the only indispensable global environmental politics reader. It presents key readings that capture the major differences in thinking on critical issues in global environmental politics, including governance, justice, security, and sustainability. This is a book that has stood the test of time, and it remains an invaluable guide to past and present debates in global environmental politics. It is notable for its clear introduction, concise chapters, and strong representation of voices from the South, and this makes it a book for globally minded students everywhere."
– Jon Barnett, Associate Professor, University of Melbourne, Australia

"The fourth edition of Green Planet Blues provides a thorough overview of global environmental policy and politics since the 1972 Stockholm summit. This up-to-date revised version is one of the few essential books for anyone interested in environmental issues, and particularly an excellent resource for students and teachers alike in this field. Highly recommended."
– Ashok Swain, Director, Center for Sustainable Development, Uppsala University, Sweden



Introduction: From Stockholm to Sustainability? Ken Conca and Geoffrey D. Dabelko

Part One: The Debate Begins

1. The Limits to Growth, Donella H. Meadows, Dennis L. Meadows, Jørgen Randers, and William W. Behrens III
2. Environment and Development: The Case of the Developing Countries, João Augusto de Araujo Castro
3. The Tragedy of the Commons, Garrett Hardin
4. Redefining National Security, Lester R. Brown
5. Beyond the Tragedy of the Commons, Xavier Basurto and Elinor Ostrom
6. The 1992 Earth Summit: Reflections on an Ambiguous Event, Ken Conca and Geoffrey D. Dabelko
7. Fight for the Forest, Chico Mendes (with Tony Gross)
8. Two Agendas on Amazon Development, Coordinating Body for the Indigenous Peoples’ Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA)

Part Two: Ecology and the Structure of the International System

9. Rethinking the Ecology-Sovereignty Debate, Ken Conca
10. Globalization and the Environment: Lessons from the Americas, Working Group on Development and Environment in the Americas
11. Nobel Lecture, Wangari Maathai
12. Climate Justice: A New Social Movement for Atmospheric Rights, Jethro Pettit

Part Three: Institutions of Global Environmental Governance

13. Governance with Multilateral Environmental Agreements: A Healthy or Ill-Equipped Fragmentation? Norichika Kanie
14. A Participatory Approach to Strategic Planning, Richard E. Bissell
15. Life after Rio, Mark Halle
16. The Rio+20 Summit and its Follow Up, Martin Khor

Part Four: The Sustainability Debate

17. Towards Sustainable Development, World Commission on Environment and Development
18. Sustainable Development: A Critical Review, Sharachchandra M. Lélé
19. The New Business Imperative: Valuing Natural Capital, Corporate Eco Forum and The Nature Conservancy
20. The Problem of Consumption, Peter Dauvergne
21. Urban Sustainability and Resilience: Why We Need to Focus on Scales, Thomas Elmqvist,

Part Five: From Ecological Conflict to Environmental Security?

22. An Uncommon Peace: Environment, Development, and the Global Security Agenda, Geoffrey D. Dabelko
23. From Conflict to Peacebuilding: The Role of Natural Resources and the Environment, United Nations Environment Programme
24. The Case against Linking Environmental Degradation and National Security, Daniel Deudney
25. Environmental Peacebuilding Theory and Practice, EcoPeaceFriends of the Earth Middle East
26. The Violence of Development, Balakrishnan Rajagopal
27. Climate Change at the UN Security Council: Conceptual and Procedural Controversies, Joe Thwaites

Part Six: Ecological Justice

28. The Relationship between Climate Change and Human Rights, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
29. Gender, Disaster Risk Reduction, and Climate Change Adaptation: A Learning Companion, Oxfam
30. Coercing Conservation, Nancy Lee Peluso
31. The Real Price of Europe Going Green, Silas Kpanan’Ayoung Siakor
32. REDD: An Introduction, REDD Monitor
33. Inequality and Environmental Policy, Joseph E. Stiglitz


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Ken Conca is associate professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland and director of the Harrison Program on the Future Global Agenda. Geoffrey D. Dabelko is director of the Environmental Change and Security Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

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