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Ecological Diversity in Sustainable Development

The Vital and Forgotten Dimension, 1st Edition

By Chris Maser

CRC Press

432 pages

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Paperback: 9781566703772
pub: 1999-05-04
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Our world is filled with unseen wonders - the most phenomenal of which is the often hidden beauty of the diversity that surrounds us. Apart from the beauty diversity brings to our lives, it is also absolutely necessary to the sustainability of life itself.

The importance of diversity is overlooked in the social realm, yet decisions made in that realm affect all of society for generations. Planners tend to ignore ecological diversity because they don't understand it. Ecological Diversity in Sustainable Development: The Vital and Forgotten Dimension makes that clear. The author tackles this difficult problem: how are we to maintain sustainable diversity in the Earth's ecosystems and our cultural systems? He provides examples of how natural and cultural diversity have been reduced by altering the linkages between climate, soil, water, air, forests, animals, and people.

The book is divided into three parts. Part one examines diversity as it is found in nature, part two considers how culture affects diversity through its evolution, and part three explores the diversity of Nature as seen through culture in an attempt to guide culture toward social/environmental sustainability.

Anyone who is interested in the quality of life on Earth will want this book. Maser writes in easy-to-read lucid prose, providing a holistic overview of environmental issues that 21st century decision makers must address in shaping our destiny.

Table of Contents


Part 1: Diversity as a Part of Nature

Survival, Economics and Diversity

The Chocolate Crisis

The Right of Personal Survival

The Universe is Born

Diversity is the Quality of Being Different

Diversity as a Matter of Dimension

Diversity as a Matter of Relationship

Creation and Extinction

On Species

When Habitats Change

When Climate Changes

Purposely-Created Extinction

Part 2: Culture and Diversity

Culture, Diversity and Evolution

Language, the Key to Conscious Evolution and Technological Development

Evolution Versus Development

What is Meant by Development

The March of Cultures

The Culturalization of Landscapes

Fragility of Ecosystems

Soil and Agriculture

Indigenous Peoples of the Americas

The Sacred and the Profane

How People Think

A Clash of Cultures

The Rights of Private Property and the Ownership of Land

Part 3: Diversity as the Foundation of Sustainable Community

Local Technology and Global Consequences

A Ditch

A Dam

Can we Control the Effects of that Which we Introduce into the Environment?

How One Introduction Leads to Another

Dealing With Scales of Diversity

Diversity Within the Context of the Time and Space Across a Landscape

Diversity Within the Context of Time and Space of a Community

Diversity is the Wealth of Sustainable Community

Wealth Versus Money

Mythology, Diversity, and Lifestyle

If we are Serious About Wanting a Quality Lifestyle

Thou Shalt not Steal Diversity

Protecting Diversity Through Land-Use Planning

Open Space




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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection