The Bridge at the Edge of the World

The Bridge at the Edge of the World

Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing From Crisis to Sustainability

eBook - 2008
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How serious are the threats to our environment? Here is one measure of the problem: if we continue to do exactly what we are doing, with no growth in the human population or the world economy, the world in the latter part of this century will be unfit to live in. Of course human activities are not holding at current levels they are acceleratdramatically andlyand so, too, is the pace of climate disruption, biotic impoverishment, and toxification. In this book Gus Speth, author of Red Sky at Morning and a widely respected environmentalist, begins with the observation that the environmental community has grown in strength and sophistication, but the environment has continued to decline, to the point that we are now at the edge of catastrophe. nbsp; Speth contends that this situation is a severe indictment of the economic and political system we call modern capitalism. Our vital task is now to change the operating instructions for todays destructive world economy before it is too late. The book is about how to do that.
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, Ă2008
ISBN: 9781282089518
Characteristics: data file,rda
1 online resource (xix, 295 pages) : illustrations


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Mar 30, 2013

Speth has read widely on the environment, government, and the economy to aggregate information into this book from other thinkers and writers. Although he introduces the important IPAT relationship (p. 112), on the one hand, he doesn't define the principles of sustainability (although they appear anonymously in his book p. 101), on the other hand so the book ends weakly without a well defined goal. Worse Speth thinks that we have years or decades to turn our situation around. Do we? The best part of this book are the endnotes that will direct curious readers to up-to-date sources on the themes of this book.


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Mar 30, 2013

"... And right now we're headed toward a ruined planet. ... down [the current business-as-usual] path and into the abyss.
But there is the other path, and it leads to a bridge across the abyss. We have been examining this bridge at the edge of the world and what is required to cross it. Of course, where the path forks will be the site of another struggle, a struggle that must be won even though we cannot see clearly what lies beyond the bridge. Yet in that struggle and in the crossing that will follow, we are carried forward by hope ... that a better world is possible and that we can build it. (p. 237)"

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