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- Publication Date: Mar 2015
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- Pages: 272
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Explorations in Environment and Development
All effects of human action will inevitably be played out within our planet’s limits; any hope of infinity is an illusion. And yet, as Wolfgang Sachs warned almost twenty years ago, environmental concerns have been assimilated into the rhetoric, dynamics and power structures of development.
This classic collection of trenchant and elegant explorations address the crisis of the Western world’s relations with nature and social justice. Examining specifically the notion of efficiency–the mantra of our times; speed–the love affair with modernity; globalization–a market inevitability and the juggernaut of history; sustainability– oxymoron as rhetoric; and development–the great undelivered promise, Sachs shows that sustainability, truly conceived, is incompatible with the worldwide rule of economism and that the Western development model is fundamentally at odds with both the quest for justice among the world’s people and the aspiration to reconcile humanity and nature.
Foreword to the Critique. Influence. Change. edition
Preface to the Critique. Influence. Change. edition
Preface to the first edition
Part 1 The Archaeology of the Development Idea
1. The Archaeology of the Development Idea
Part 2 The Shaky Ground of Sustainability
2. Global Ecology and the Shadow of ‘Development’
3. The Gospel of Global Efficiency
4. Environment and Development: The Story of a Dangerous Liaison
5. Sustainable Development: On the Political Anatomy of an Oxymoron
Part 3 In the Image of the Planet
6. One World–Many Worlds?
7. The Blue Planet: On the Ambiguity of a Modern Icon
8. Globalization and Sustainability
Part 4 Ecology and Equity in a Post-development Era
9. Ecology, Justice and the End of Development
10. The Two Meanings of Resource Productivity
11. Speed Limits
12. The Power of Limits: An Inquiry into New Models of Wealth
About the Author
Wolfgang Sachs, Ph.D., is a German researcher and author with many books including Fair Future, Environment and Human Rights, and Jo’burg Memo. He is also the editor of the Development Dictionary. He suggests (see Sachs, 1996) three ways to reach sustainable development, three perspectives which are related to a security crisis: the home perspective, the perspective of an astronaut, and the endogenous perspective. He is currently working and lecturing at the Wuppertal Institute in Germany. He is the head of the Cross-cutting Project “Globalization and Sustainability” and PhD Collegium “Environment and Fairness in the World Trade Regime” in the Wuppertal Institute. Wolfgang Sachs is known as one of the many followers of Ivan Illich. His critical works on development idea influenced the green and ecological movements. Sachs participated in the Stock Exchange of Visions project in 2007.