Sustainable development has become an important part of government policy and a key issue in corporate boardrooms worldwide. It retains a clear and powerful argument and gives a valuable analysis of sustainable development’s ideas and practices. It suggests that we should always think radically about the challenge of sustainability at the beginning of the new millennium.
This book discusses the roots of sustainable development thinking and its evolution within the last three decades of the 20th century; the dominant ideas within mainstream sustainable development (ecological modernization, market environmentalism, and environmental economics); the variety of other ideas about sustainability (for example ecosocialism, ecofeminism, and deep ecology); the issue of environmental degradation and therefore the environmental impact of development; ideas about political ecology and risk society, applied to deforestation, conservation, and pollution; development project planning and environmental assessment in theory and practice; strategies for building sustainability in development from above and below.
Green Development offers a synthesis of theoretical ideas on Sustainability North and South and practical policy development within the third World. It gives a clear discussion of theory and extensive practical insights drawn from Africa and Asia. It now has further reading and chapter outlines and summaries for the reader.