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Material Concerns Pollution, Profit and Quality of Life

By Tim Jackson Copyright 1996
    236 Pages
    by Routledge

    234 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Material Concerns offers new perspectives on key environmental issues - pollution prevention, ecological economics, limits to sustainability, consumer behaviour and government policy. The first non-technical introduction to preventative environmental management, Material Concerns offers realistic prospects for improving the quality of life.


    1. Living in a Material World - rough guide to a lonely planet

    2. Material Transitions - the birth of the industrial economy

    3. Farewell to Love Canal - from industrial afterthought to environmental foresight

    4. A Stitch in Time - the principles of prevention

    5. Easy Virtues - saving money through pollution prevention

    6. Persistent Vices - understanding resistance to change

    7. Back to the Future - re-inventing the service economy

    8. Negotiating Change - de-materialisation and the profit motive

    9. Growth in Crisis - untangling the logic of wealth

    10. Beyond Material Concerns - regaining quality of life.


    Tim Jackson is Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey, UK, and Director of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP). For seven years he was Economics Commissioner on the UK Sustainable Development Commission, where his work culminated in the first edition of this book. He was awarded the Hillary Laureate for exceptional international leadership in 2016. In addition to his scientific work, Tim is a prize-winning dramatist with numerous radio writing credits for the BBC.

    'The clarity with which Jackson develops his arguments is exceptional, making this book an ideal introduction for students new to environmental studies' - Environmental Politics