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The World We'll Leave Behind

Grasping the Sustainability Challenge

By William Scott, Paul Vare

© 2018 – Routledge

280 pages

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It is now clear that human activity has influenced how the biosphere supports life on Earth, and given rise to a set of connected environmental and social problems. In response to the challenge that these problems present, a series of international conferences and summits led to discussions of sustainable development and the core dilemma of our time: How can we all live well, now and in the future, without compromising the ability of the planet to enable us all to live well?

This book identifies the main issues and challenges we now face; it explains the ideas that underpin them and their inter-connection, and discusses a range of strategies through which they might be addressed and possibly resolved. These cover things that governments might do, what businesses and large organizations can contribute, and the scope for individuals, families and communities to get involved. This book is for everyone who cares about such challenges, and wants to know more about them.

Table of Contents


Section 1: Issues

1. Global warming and climate change

2. Inequality

3. Species loss

4. Human population

5. Acidifying the oceans

6. Electricity generation

7. Genetic modification

8. Clean water for all

9. Gender disparity

10. Natural resource depletion

11. Migration

12. Air pollution

13. Elephants, rhinos and donkeys

14. Environmental justice

15. Economic growth

16. Water pollution

17. Eating meat

18. Weather and climate

19. Ozone and CFCs

20. Biocentrism

Section 2: Concepts

21. The Anthropocene

22. Nature

23. Gaia

24. Biodiversity

25. Conservation

26. Charismatic megafauna

27. The greenhouse effect

28. Valuing the environment

29. Sustainable development

30. Development

31. The four capitals

32. Harmony

33. Systems and systems thinking

34. Frames and framing

35. Resilience

36. Complexity

37. Globalisation

38. Neoliberalism

Section 3: Strategies

39. Reducing global inequalities

40. The Copenhagen Consensus

41. Feeding 10 billion

42. Living within limits

43. Energy policy

44. Carbon capture and storage

45. Ecological footprints and handprints

46. The circular economy

47. The Earth Charter

48. Brexit and environmental law

49. Protected areas

50. Recycling

51. Transition towns

52. Rewilding

53. Biomimicry

54. (Environmental) education

55. The Montreal Protocol

About the Authors

Bill Scott is Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Bath, and is Chair of Trustees of the UK’s National Association for Environmental Education.

Paul Vare is Postgraduate Research Lead & Senior Lecturer (Research Development) at the University of Gloucestershire.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Business Ethics
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
NATURE / Ecology
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General