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Standing up for a Sustainable World Voices of Change

By: Claude Henry(Editor), Johan Rockström(Editor), Nicholas Herbert Stern(Editor)
496 pages
Publisher: Edward Elgar
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The world has witnessed extraordinary economic growth, poverty reduction and increased life expectancy and population since the end of WWII, but it has occurred at the expense of undermining life support systems on Earth and subjecting future generations to the real risk of destabilising the planet. This timely book exposes and explores this colossal environmental cost and the dangerous position the world is now in. Standing up for a Sustainable World is written by and about key individuals who have not only understood the threats to our planet but also become witness to them and confronted them.

Combining the voices of leading academics as well as climate change and environmental activists, entrepreneurs and investors, the book highlights the urgent action that needs to be taken to foster sustainable, resilient and inclusive development in the face of powerful systemic forces. Chapters look ahead to a better path for human wellbeing, security and dignity, offering insight to ways this can be created. The book as a whole shares the visions and hopes of those fighting in a myriad of ways to make a sustainable world, attempting to tip the balance away from the crushing loss of biodiversity, rising sea levels and increasing global mean temperature, whilst increasing living standards across all dimensions, particularly for the poorest people.

An imperative read for those concerned about the future of our planet, this book showcases not only why urgent action is now imperative, but also what changes are necessary for a sustainable, resilient and equitable world. It offers crucial insights for those interested in the dynamics of political action, in how change occurs, and in effective communication. Environmental economics, as well as environmental studies and human geography students and scholars more broadly, will find this an invigorating read.


Preface: a collective book project – the last chance? Voluntary actors in an ecological and economic transition xxiii

1 Science, society and a sustainable future 3 / Johan Rockström and Nicholas Stern
2 Conservation psychology and climate change 10 / Susan Clayton
3 Capitalism and the curse of external effects 24 / laude Henry

4 Costa Rica as pioneer of a green social contract 48 / Monica Araya
5 The carbon tax in Sweden 59 / Thomas Sterner
6 Lessons from the Obama White House: how climate policyreally gets done 68 / Alice C. Hill
7 Climate policy in China: an overview 76 / Ye Qi, Xiaofan Zhao and Nicholas Stern
8 The Paris Agreement on climate change: what legacy? 103 / Laurence Tubiana and Emmanuel Guerin

9 Introduction to Part II 117 / Jonathan Watts
10 To protect the Amazon, defend the people of the forest 125 / Maria do Socorro Costa Silva
11 Of chainsaws and grace: direct action by eco-vigilantes in the Philippines 128 / Bobby Chan
12 Social justice goes hand in hand with environmental campaigns – and not just in Africa 131 / Phyllis Omido
13 Living our values: using art and technology to campaign for nature in Turkey 134 / Birhan Erkutlu and Tugba Günal

14 Introduction to Part III 137 / Marie Toussaint and Claude Henry
15 The Urgenda case in the Netherlands: creating a revolution through the courts 140 / Marjan Minnesma
16 Juliana v. United States and the global youth-led legal campaign for a safe climate 151 / Patti Moore, Danny Noonan and Erik Woodward
17 How policymakers imperil coming generations’ future and what to do about it 158 / Ridhima Pandey
18 Protecting the rights of future generations through climate litigation: lessons from the struggle against deforestation in the Colombian Amazon 163 / Camila Bustos, Valentina Rozo-Ángel and Gabriela Eslava-Bejarano
19 People’s Climate Case – families and youth take the EU to court over its failure to address the climate crisis 171 / E. Deville, L. Dubois, Göksen Sahin
20 Climate change claim on behalf of New Zealand’s indigenous Maori peoples 178 / Michael Sharp, Nicole Smith and Tania Te Whenua
21 France: L’Affaire du Siècle : the story of a mass mobilization for climate 185 / Marie Toussaint

22 Introduction to Part IV 194 / Claude Henry
23 Fridays For Future – FFF Europe and beyond 196 / Anuna De Wever, Luisa Neubauer and Katrien van der Heyden
24 The Fridays For Future Movement in Uganda and Nigeria 211 / Hilda Flavia Nakabuye, Sadrach Nirere and Adenike Titilope Oladosu
25 The origins of School Strike 4 Climate NZ 218 / Sophie Handford and Raven Maeder
26 231 / William “Bill” McKibben
27 How to become an engineer in the ecological crisis? 234 / Antoine Bizien, Elsa Deville and Lucas Dubois
28 Ecological aspirations of youth: how higher education could fall between two stools 238 / Alessia Lefébure

29 Introduction to Part V 247 / Nicholas Stern and Charlotte Taylor
30 Catching mighty North Sea winds 251 / Claude Henry
31 Providing electricity from rice husk in rural India 254 / Claude Henry
32 Heat pumps for decarbonizing buildings 256 / Dominique Bureau
33 The rise of supercapacitors: making electric vehicles as  convenient as ordinary ones 261 / Claude Henry
34 From scooter to boat: innovations in electric transport in cities of Southeast Asia 264 / Pippo Ranci
35 The third attempt at the electric car might be the successful one 271 / Geoffrey Heal
36 Solar cookstoves for adaptation to degrading natural conditions 274 / Claude Henry
37 Carbon capture from ambient air: a brake on climate change? 278 / Claude Henry
38 Ecological engineering in coastal protection 283 / Claude Henry
39 Better to corrupt plastics than the environment 286 / Pippo Ranci
40 Drip irrigation: Daniel Hillel’s legacy 291 / Claude Henry
41 Making the case for agroecological innovation: the need for technical but also political entrepreneurs 294 / Sébastien Treyer
42 Radical transformation in global supply chains: can new business models be based on biodiversity in the agrifood industry? 297 / Sébastien Treyer
43 Ethan Brown – the protein revolutionary 301 / Geoffrey Heal
44 How to make a sustainable living in a tropical forest: the case of Suruí Indians in the Amazon rainforest – success under threat 304 / Claude Henry
45 Migrants to repopulate depopulated villages – Riace in Calabria, Italy and its mayor Mimmo Lucano 307 / Pippo Ranci
46 How Loos-en-Gohelle, a derelict mining town in the north of France, has become a standard in sustainable development 312 / Michel Berry

47 Introduction to Part VI 321 / Nicholas Stern and Charlotte Taylor
48 Unleashing the power of financial markets for the green transition 325 / Jeremy Oppenheim and Catharina Dyvik
49 The case for fossil fuel divestment 339 / Stephen B. Heintz
50 How can finance be used to combat climate change? 349 / Alain Grandjean
51 China’s pioneering green finance 358 / Ma Jun

52 Introduction to Part VII 368 / Johan Rockström
53 Communicating climate change science to diverse audiences 374 / Asmeret Asefaw Berhe
54 Global marine fisheries: avoiding further collapses 382 / Philippe Cury and Daniel Pauly
55 Why are we so much more afraid of COVID-19 than of climate change? Early lessons from a health crisis for the communication of climate change 394 / François Gemenne and Anneliese Depoux
56 Communicating the climate emergency: imagination, emotion, action 399 / Genevieve Guenther
57 Climate change: from research to communication 407 / Jean Jouzel
58 Communicating biodiversity loss and its link to economics 412 / Georgina M. Mace
59 Helping trusted messengers find their voice on climate change 424 / Edward Maibach
60 From climate scientist to climate communicator: a process of evolution 431 / Michael E. Mann
61 Communicating science beyond the ivory tower 436 / David R. Montgomery


Customer Reviews


- M. Araya
- A.A. Berhe
- M. Berry
- A. Bizien
- D. Bureau
- C. Bustos
- B. Chan
- S. Clayton
- P. Cury
- A. De Wever
- A. Depoux
- E. Deville
- M. do Socorro Costa Silva
- L. Dubois
- C. Dyvik
- B. Erkutlu
- G. Eslava-Bejarano
- F. Gemenne
- A. Grandjean
- E. Guerin
- T. Günal
- S. Handford
- G. Heal
- S.B. Heintz
- C. Henry
- A.C. Hill
- J. Jouzel
- M. Jun
- A. Lefébure
- R. Maeder
- E. Maibach
- M.E. Mann
- W. McKibben
- M. Minnesma
- D.R. Montgomery
- P. Moore
- H.F. Nakabuye
- L. Neubauer
- S. Nirere
- D. Noonan
- A.T. Oladosu
- P. Omido
- J. Oppenheim
- R. Pandey
- D. Pauly
- Y. Qi
- P. Ranci
- J. Rockström
- V. Rozo-Ángel
- G. Sahin
- M. Sharp
- N. Smith
- N. Stern
- T. Sterner
- C. Taylor
- T. Te Whenua
- M. Toussaint
- S. Treyer
- L. Tubiana
- K. van der Heyden
- J. Watts
- E. Woodward
- X. Zhao

By: Claude Henry(Editor), Johan Rockström(Editor), Nicholas Herbert Stern(Editor)
496 pages
Publisher: Edward Elgar
Media reviews

"Standing Up for a Sustainable World underscores the inexorable link between social justice and environmental justice. While people living in extreme poverty are the least responsible for climate change and environmental damage, they are undoubtedly the most impacted by its consequences. Therefore, it is urgent and essential to strengthen the resilience to climate change of people living in poverty, but only through social and economic change that leaves no-one behind, and which actively involves them in making decisions that affect their lives."
– Donald Lee, President of the International Movement ATD Fourth World, UK and previously at the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, US

"We are confronted with loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services globally at unprecedented level. This could be attributed to a number of factors: climate change, deforestation, land use change for agricultural expansion, economic imbalance due to unfair trading practises. If we do not take urgent and immediate actions to address these issues, we might suffer irreversible changes affecting the future of our planet and the fate of future generations. This book provides expert opinion and forward looking thoughts to current global challenges. The book links science with policy in ways that will prompt policy makers into actions. Hence, I wholeheartedly recommend the book to be read by all interested in nature’s health and sustainable benefits."
– Sebsebe Demissew, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, (foreign) Member of the Royal Society, UK and Co-Chair (2013-8) of the IPBES Multidisciplinary Expert Panel, Germany

"It is easy to say, as is frequently repeated, that the future of humanity on earth is at risk. The difficult challenge is to understand the empirical basis of that terrible fear, and also to assess, with best professional scrutiny, what we can do to resist the environmental catastrophe. It is wonderful that we can turn to this wide-ranging study for guidance on each."
– Amartya Sen, Harvard University, US

"Reading Standing up for a Sustainable World is essential to understand our times. Claude Henry, Johan Rockström and Nicholas Stern, three internationally renowned academics, have collected the voices of those – activists, entrepreneurs, academics – who are taking action to build a more resilient world. We should learn from them in order to change our economic and social model, reduce inequalities and lay the foundations for a better future."
– Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, France

"We are clearly at a fork in the road in the quest to ensure that our children and grandchildren have a liveable planet. This unique book goes well beyond the endless projections, scenarios and storylines that promise a sustainable future but never really deliver. Instead, this book goes to “ground zero” and explores the mushrooming number of new and exciting approaches already being implemented – revolutionary energy technologies, innovative legal tactics, novel communication tools, community stands against ecological destruction, and many more. Each one on its own can’t solve the immense, urgent challenges that face humanity in our quest for long-term sustainability, but together they can move us towards the social tipping point that can deliver the future we want at the scale and in the time period that we need."
– Will Steffen, Australian National University, and former executive director of the International Geoscience-Bioscience Programme

"There is so much doom and gloom about the state of the environment due to our greedy plundering of the planet’s finite natural resources that many people are losing hope. Therefore Standing up for a Sustainable World: Voices of Change comes not a moment too soon: it showcases projects from around the world that illustrate what can be done to turn things around before it is too late. Projects that will provide jobs and improve things for people, animals, and the environment. It is a book everyone who cares about our future should read."
– Jane Goodall DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace

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