The Bridge at the Edge of the World; Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability

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  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2009-03-10
  • Publisher: Yale University Press

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The author of Red Sky at Morning would be the first to agree that we are in deep environmental trouble, but he offers hope that there is still time to avert global catastrophe. Gus Speth explores a wide variety of promising and even radical ideas for transforming modern capitalism so as to protect and restore the natural world. Book jacket.

Author Biography

James Gustave Speth, a distinguished leader and founder of environmental institutions over the past four decades, is dean of the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University. He was awarded Japan’s Blue Planet Prize for “a lifetime of creative and visionary leadership in the search for science-based solutions to global environmental problems.” He lives in New Haven, CT.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xviii
Introduction: Between Two Worldsp. 1
System Failure
Looking into the Abyssp. 17
Modern Capitalism: Out of Controlp. 46
The Limits of Today's Environmentalismp. 67
The Great Transformation
The Market: Making It Work for the Environmentp. 89
Economic Growth: Moving to a Post-Growth Societyp. 107
Real Growth: Promoting the Well-Being of People and Naturep. 126
Consumption: Living with Enough, Not Always Morep. 147
The Corporation: Changing the Fundamental Dynamicsp. 165
Capitalism's Core: Advancing beyond Today's Capitalismp. 183
Seedbeds of Transformation
A New Consciousnessp. 199
A New Politicsp. 217
The Bridge at the Edge of the Worldp. 233
Notesp. 239
Indexp. 281
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