6th Edition

Green Planet Blues Critical Perspectives on Global Environmental Politics

Edited By Geoffrey Dabelko, Ken Conca Copyright 2020
    420 Pages
    by Routledge

    420 Pages
    by Routledge

    Revised and updated throughout, this unique anthology examines global environmental politics from a range of perspectives and captures the voices of both the powerless and the powerful. Paradigms of sustainability, environmental security, and ecological justice illustrate the many ways environmental challenges and their solutions are framed in contemporary international debates about climate, water, forests, toxics, energy, food, and biodiversity.

    Organized thematically, the selections offer a truly global scope. Seventeen new readings explore climate justice, globalization, land and water grabs, climate change and conflict, China’s international environmental relations, and the future of climate politics in the wake of the Paris Agreement. This book stresses the underlying questions of power, interests, authority, and legitimacy that shape environmental debates, and it provides readers with a global range of perspectives on the critical challenges facing the planet and its people.

    This new edition of Green Planet Blues connects directly with a wide-range of upper-level undergraduate and graduate-level courses.

    Introduction: From Stockholm to Sustainability?
    Ken Conca & Geoffrey D. Dabelko

    Part One: The Debate Begins

    1. The Limits to Growth
    Donella H. Meadows et al.

    2. Environment and Development: The Case of the Developing Countries
    João Augusto de Araujo Castro

    3. The Tragedy of the Commons
    Garrett Hardin

    4. Redefining National Security
    Lester R. Brown

    5. Two Agendas on Amazon Development
    Coordinating Body for the Indigenous Peoples’ Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA)

    6. Beyond the Tragedy of the Commons
    Xavier Basurto & Elinor Ostrom

    Part Two: Ecology and the Structure of The International System 

    7. Rethinking the Ecology-Sovereignty Debate
    Ken Conca

    8. China’s Environmental Challenges
    Judith Shapiro

    9. Nobel Lecture
    Wangari Maathai

    10. Transnational Environmental Activism in North America: Wielding Soft Power through Knowledge Sharing?
    Raul Pacheco-Vega

    Part Three: Institutions of Global Environmental Governance

    11. Green Pluralism: Lessons for Improved Environmental Governance in the 21st Century
    Norichika Kanie et al.

    12. A Wish List for an Environmentally Friendly NAFTA
    Jennifer Huizen

    13. The Climate Change Battle in Paris
    Meenakshi Raman

    14. Climate Change after Paris: From Turning Point to Transformation
    Richard Kinley

    15. This Changes Nothing: The Paris Agreement to Ignore Reality
    Clive L. Spash
    Part Four: The Sustainability Debate

    16. From the Millennium Development Goals to the Sustainable Development Goals
    Sakiko Fukuda-Parr

    17. The Problem of Consumption
    Peter Dauvergne

    18. The End of Sustainability
    Melinda Harm Benson & Robin Kundis Craig

    19. Sustainability vs. Resilience
    William E. Rees

    20. Sustainability Is Not Enough: We Need Regenerative Cultures
    Daniel C. Wahl

    Part Five: From Ecological Conflict to Environmental Security? 

    21. An Uncommon Peace: Environment, Development, and the Global Security Agenda
    Geoffrey D. Dabelko

    22. From Conflict to Peacebuilding: The Role of Natural Resources and the Environment
    UN Environment

    23. The Role of Drought and Climate Change in the Syrian Uprising: Untangling the Triggers of the Revolution
    Francesca de Châtel

    24. Environmental Peacebuilding: The Good Water Neighbors Project

    25. Deadly Environment
    Global Witness

    Part Six: Ecological Justice

    26. Climate Wrongs and Human Rights: Putting People at the Heart of Climate-change Policy
    Oxfam International

    27. The Global Water Grab: A Primer
    Sylvia Kay & Jenny Franco

    28. The Real Price of Europe Going Green
    Silas Kpanan’Ayoung Siakor

    29. Coal, Identity, and the Gendering of Environmental Justice Activism in Central Appalachia
    Shannon Bell & Yvonne Braun

    30. Inequality and Environmental Policy
    Joseph E. Stiglitz


    Ken Conca is Professor of International Relations in the School of International Service at American University. He is the author and editor of several books on global environmental politics, peacebuilding, global governance, the United Nations, and the politics of water.

    Geoffrey D. Dabelko is Professor and Associate Dean at Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. He is also a Senior Advisor for the Environmental Change and Security Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC.

    "The updated sixth edition of Green Planet Blues, edited by Conca and Dabelko, is a must-read for students, scholars and policy makers concerned about environmental scarcity and environmental sustainability. The chapters of this volume deal with this important subject in a comprehensive and insightful manner, and in its breadth and depth, this book remains a major contribution."
    Ashok Swain, Professor of Peace and Conflict Research & UNESCO Chair of International Water Cooperation, Uppsala University

    "Green Planet Blues remains the go-to anthology for capturing the big theoretical debates and thematic issues in global environmental politics. Important topics covered include climate change, environmental security, sustainability, and ecological justice. What makes this volume distinctive is the inclusion of both academic and practitioner voices that inspire as well as remind us of the challenges faced in building institutions and governance mechanisms for the environment."
    Erika Weinthal, Lee Hill Snowdon Professor of Environmental Policy, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University

    "Green Planet Blues is a unique text, capturing a truly global diversity of voices and perspectives on the state of our planet. Insightful readings, along with connecting essays and discussions, will inspire critical reflection and debate. This new edition, which takes us from the elite actors negotiating the Paris Agreement to grassroots activists in Appalachia, articulates the factors that have led to our present day crisis and offers glimpses of a sustainable future."
    Kate O’Neill, Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, University of California, Berkeley