At the beginning of the 21st Millennium, outstanding visionary thinkers and scientists make a timely assessment as to the future prospects of mankind: In what direction are we heading? How can the world become more just and equitable, and how can future development be sustained to adequately address economic, social, and -perhaps most important- environmental issues? This book provides a broad discussion on Sustainable Development, rethinking and improving its effectiveness as a paradigm of today and tomorrow by bringing together the visions and contributions of highly esteemed thinkers on the subject (such as Herman E. Daly, Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, Mikhail Gorbachev, Dennis Meadows and others). Communities, states, and transnational corporations must take steps to transform engrained practices and priorities. If they fail to do so, Sustainable Development will remain an abstract concept or a superficial catchword and will not become reality. This publication is of special interest for university researchers and students, international experts and organizations in the field of Sustainable Development, but also for decision-makers of enterprises and the public sector worldwide. From each author's thoughts, experiences and concerns the reader will learn about what the concept of Sustainable Development can really accomplish and where future needs for action are. TOC:Acknowledgements.- Rethinking Sustainability-Editor's Introduction; Marco Keiner.- Sustainability-Quo Vadis? Reflections on Sustainability, Population Growth, and the Environment-2006; Albert A. Bartlett. Sustainable Development-Definitions, Principles, Policies; Herman E. Daly. Sustainability is Not Enough; Peter Marcuse.- Challenges to Sustainable Development. Sustainable Development and Urbanization; Marios Camhis. Sustainable Economies-Local or Global? Helena Norberg-Hodge. Business and Human Rights; Klaus M. Leisinger.- New Approaches. A New Glasnost for Global Sustainability; Mikhail Gorbachev. Tools for the Transition to Sustainability; Dennis L. Meadows. 'Factor Four' and Sustainable Development in the Age of Globalization; Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker. Ecological Footprint Accounting-Comparing Earth's Biological Capacity with an Economy's Resource Demand; Mathias Wackernagel. Advancing Sustainable Development and its Implementation Through Spatial Planning; Marco Keiner. Sustainability is Dead-Long Live Sustainability; Alan Atkisson.- About the Authors. Index.
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