Society and the Environment
Pragmatic Solutions to Ecological Issues
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Society and the Environment examines today's environmental controversies within a socio-organizational context. After outlining the contours of 'pragmatic environmentalism', Carolan considers the pressures that exist where ecology and society collide, such as population growth and its associated increased demands for food and energy. He also investigates how various ecological issues, such as climate change, are affecting our very own personal health. Finally, he drills into the social/structural dynamics (including political economy and the international legal system) that create ongoing momentum for environmental ills.
This interdisciplinary text features a three-part structure in each chapter that covers 'fast facts' about the issue at hand, examines its wide-ranging implications, and offers balanced consideration of possible real-world solutions. New to this edition are 'Movement Matters' boxes, which showcase grassroots movements that have affected legislation. Discussion questions and key terms enhance the text's usefulness, making Society and the Environment the perfect learning tool for courses on environmental sociology.
Table of Contents
Preface to the Second Edition Acknowledgments 1. Introduction: Individuals, Societies, and Pragmatic Environmentalism Part I : Living in a Material World 2. Greenhouse Gases: Warmer Isn't Better 3. Waste: Our Sinks Are Almost Sunk 4. Biodiversity: Society Wouldn't Exist Without It 5. Water: There's No Substitute Part II: At the Intersection of Ecology and Society 6. Population: A Problem of Quantity or Quality? 7. Transportation: Beyond Air Pollution 8. Food: From Farm to Fork 9. Energy Production: Our Sun-ny Prospects Part III: Organizing a Sustainable Society 10. Political Economy: Making Markets Fair and Sustainable 11. Governance: Biases and Blind Spots 12. Inequality and Growth: Prosperity for All Part IV: Shifting the Focus to Results 13. From Our Beliefs to Our Behaviors: Pragmatic Environmentalism in Action Glossary References Index