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The Sustainability Revolution: Portrait of a Paradigm Shift

by Andres R. Edwards (Author), David W. Orr (Foreword)



Product Description

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.

Andrés 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.

About the Author
Andrés 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.

Product Details

Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: New Society Publishers (June 1, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0865715319

 

 

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