For a large proportion of the electorate, national politics misses the real issues. As a result, membership of campaigning organizations has soared whilst party numbers have declined. This work distils the principles and priorities of many of the leading voluntary groups into a strong and coherent programme of political aims and actions. The problem can be measured as a sustainability gap - between official policies and achievements and actual democratic participation, environmental restoration and the eradication of poverty. With examples and short case studies, the book translates the gap into practical and realistic recommendations for progress.
'An excellent analysis of the challenges facing all of us in the 21st century.' Robert Napier, Chief Executive, WWF-UK This book has a breadth of approach because it has inputs from many different NGOs and charities forming the Real World coalition.' Green Anarchist
Introduction: Millennial Hopes and Fears * Richer Futures: The Politics of Sustainable Development * Sustaining the Environment: from Crises to Opportunity * Poverty Amid Plenty: Reducing Poverty and Inequalities * A New Economic Order? Making Globalization Fair and Sustainable * Good Governance: Strengthening Democracy and Civil Society * From Conflicts to Security: Wars, Refugees, Disasters and Sustainable Development * Making It Happen: Closing the Sustainability Gaps * References * Real World Member Organizations * Index