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Green Planet Blues

Critical Perspectives on Global Environmental Politics, 6th Edition

Edited by Geoffrey Dabelko, Ken Conca

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Revised and updated throughout, this unique anthology examines global environmental politics from a range of perspectives and capturing 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.

Reviews

"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 continues to remain as 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, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at UC Berkeley

Table of Contents

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

EcoPeace

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

About the Editors

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
POL044000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy
SOC000000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / General