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Demystifying sustainability : towards real solutions / Haydn Washington.

Washington, Haydn, 1955- (författare)
ISBN 9781317606697
Publicerad: Abingdon, Oxon [UK] ; Routledge, 2015
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  • Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; List of figures; Foreword; Acknowledgments; Introduction: sustainability -- seeking clarity in the mist; 1 The 'old' sustainability: a story of listening and harmony; A history of caring; Modernism and the decline of harmony; The revolt against modernism; Conclusion; 2 The 1960s to the present: key conferences and statements; The fabulous 1960s and 1970s; Key conferences and reports; 3 Rise of the 'new' sustainability -- the weak and the strong; Destination or journey?. 
  • Is 'sustainable development' a code for sustainable growth?Does 'sustainable development' equal sustainability?; Sustainability -- the 'weak', the 'strong' and the 'strongest'; Conclusion; 4 Economic sustainability: coming to grips with endless growth; The underlying assumptions of neoclassical economics; The steady state economy; Degrowth and the circular economy; Endless growth and 'growthmania'; Reductionism, economic modelling and the 'fallacy of misplaced concreteness'; 'Resources are infinite', techno-centrism and substitution; The ethics of economics; The 'green' economy.
  • What should economic sustainability mean?5 Ecological sustainability -- essential but overlooked; Do we have a problem?; Human dependence on Nature; Theory and the 'balance of Nature'; What should ecological sustainability mean?; 6 Social sustainability -- utopian dream or practical path to change?; Introduction; Utopia; What is fair? Equity and equality; What is just -- and for whom?; Social cohesion and capital -- keeping it 'together' to act; Democracy; Governance; War and conflict; The practicality of social sustainability; What should social sustainability be?. 
  • 7 Overpopulation and overconsumptionOverpopulation; Dealing with consumerism and overconsumption; Dematerialising our economy; Beyond 'triple bottom line', 'eco-efficiency' and the 'small and easy' approach; Alternatives to the consumer society; Dealing with the heresy of more; 8 Worldview and ethics in 'sustainability'; Worldview, ethics, values and ideologies; Anthropocentrism; Anthropocentrism in 'sustainable development'; Ideologies -- modernism; Intrinsic value and the revolt against modernism; Deep ecology; Ideologies -- postmodernism; Questioning reality and 'Nature scepticism'. 
  • A sense of wonderAnti-spirituality in Western culture; How do we bridge the great divide?; 9 An unsustainable denial; Believing in stupid things; Scepticism vs denial; Denial is common; The history of denial; Ideological basis for denial; Psychological types of denial; Ways we let denial prosper; Conclusion; 10 Appropriate technology for sustainability; Appropriate technology; Renewable energy technologies; Inappropriate technologies; Conclusion; 11 Solutions for sustainability; Can we know what future generations will want?; Solutions -- pluralism vs specificity.
  • Demystification -- what meaningful sustainability cannot be.
  • What is sustainability? Much has been said about the terms 'sustainability' and 'sustainable development' over the last few decades, but they have become buried under academic jargon. This book is one of the first that aims to demystify sustainability so that the layperson can understand the key issues, questions and values involved. Accessible and engaging, the book examines the 'old' sustainability of the past and looks to the future, considering how economic, ecological and social sustainability should be defined if we are to solve the entwined environmental, economic and social crises. It. 


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