9780865715318

The Sustainability Revolution: Portrait of a Paradigm Shift

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    9780865715318

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    0865715319

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-06-01
  • Publisher: New Society Pub

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Summary

Sustainability has become a buzzword in the last decade, but its full meaning is complex, emerging from a range of different sectors. In practice, it has become the springboard for millions of individuals throughout the world who are forging the fastest and most profound social transformation of our time-the sustainability revolution. The Sustainability Revolution paints a picture of this largely unrecognized phenomenon from the point of view of five major sectors of society: Community (government and international institutions) Commerce (business) Resource extraction (forestry, farming, fisheries etc.) Ecological design (architecture, technology) Biosphere (conservation, biodiversity etc.) The book analyzes sustainability as defined by each of these sectors in terms of the principles, declarations and intentions that have emerged from conferences and publications, and which serve as guidelines for policy decisions and future activities. Common themes are then explored, including: An emphasis on stewardship The need for economic restructuring promoting no waste and equitable distribution An understanding and respect for the principles of nature The restoration of life forms An intergenerational perspective on solutions Concluding that these themes in turn represent a new set of values that define this paradigm shift, The Sustainability Revolution describes innovative sustainable projects and policies in Colombia, Brazil, India and the Netherlands and examines future trends. Complete with a useful resources list, this is the first book of its kind and will appeal to business and government policymakers, academics and all interested in sustainability. Andres R. Edwards is an educator, author, media designer and environmental systems consultant who has specialized in sustainability topics for the past 15 years. The founder and president of EduTracks, an exhibit design and fabrication firm specializing in green building and sustainable education programs for parks, towns and companies, he lives in northern California.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Foreword by David W. Orr xiii
Introduction: Portrait of the Sustainability Revolution 1(10)
Anatomy of Social Revolutions
3(2)
Movements and Revolutions
5(1)
The Five Characteristics of the Sustainability Revolution
6(3)
A Revolution of Interconnections
9(2)
Chapter 1: The Birth of Sustainability 11(18)
The Context
11(1)
Environmentalism: The Precursor to Modern Sustainability
12(3)
Contemporary Environmentalism: The Roots of Sustainability
15(1)
The Emergence of Sustainability: Brundtland (1987) and Rio (1992)
16(4)
The Core of Contemporary Sustainability: The Three Es
20(3)
The Three Es Plus One: Education
23(1)
The Methodology: Fundamental Principles
23(2)
Criteria for Selecting Principles
25(1)
Principles as Songlines
26(3)
Chapter 2: Sustainability and Community 29(20)
Interdependence at All Levels
29(2)
Ontario Round Table on Environment and Economy (ORTEE) Model Principles
31(2)
Principles of Sustainable Development for Minnesota
33(4)
The Netherlands National Environmental Policy Plan (NEPP)
37(4)
The Earth Charter
41(5)
International Council of Local Environment Initiatives (ICLEI)
46(1)
Integrating Sustainability Values at All Community Levels
47(2)
Chapter 3: Sustainability and Commerce 49(26)
Beyond "Business as Usual"
49(2)
Adopting Sustainable Strategies
51(4)
The Precautionary Principle
55(3)
The Natural Step
58(6)
The Houston Principles
64(3)
The CERES Principles
67(5)
The ICC Charter and ISO 14000
72(1)
Environmental Assessments and Green Taxes
72(2)
A New Business Model
74(1)
Chapter 4: Sustainability and Natural Resources 75(22)
The Contradictions of Resource Extraction
75(2)
American Petroleum Institute (API) Environmental, Health and Safety Principles
77(4)
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Principles and Criteria of Forest Stewardship
81(3)
Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Principles and Criteria for Sustainable Fishing
84(5)
The Asilomar Declaration for Sustainable Agriculture
89(7)
Natural Resources at a Crossroads
96(1)
Chapter 5: Sustainability and Ecological Design 97(16)
Designing with Nature
97(2)
The Hannover Principles
99(3)
The Five Principles of Ecological Design
102(2)
The Todds' Principles of Ecological Design
104(2)
The Sanborn Principles
106(3)
US and World Green Building Councils: The LEEDing Edge
109(2)
An Interdependent Perspective
111(2)
Chapter 6: Sustainability and the Biosphere 113(10)
Our Role in the Biosphere
113(1)
Deep Ecology's Basic Principles
114(2)
Charter of Rights and Responsibilities for the Environment
116(2)
Biomimicry Principles
118(2)
Permaculture Principles
120(2)
A Biocentric Perspective
122(1)
Chapter 7: Future Pathways 123(18)
Principles: Scopes, Sectors and Types
123(5)
Seven Common Themes
128(2)
Hopeful Signs
130(2)
Our General Predicament
132(2)
Seeking an Alternative Path
134(3)
Beyond Green: A New Vision of the Future
137(4)
Resources 141(28)
Organizations
141(23)
Online Publications/Newsletters/List Servers
164(3)
Additional Principles
167(2)
Annotated Bibliography 169(14)
Notes 183(14)
Index 197

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