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Worlds apart : globalization and the environment
Speth, James Gustave.
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Washington, D.C. : Island Press, [2003]

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xiii, 180 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Two perspectives on globalization and the environment / James Gustave Speth -- Waves of the future : sea changes for a sustainable world / Jane Lubchenco -- Stockholm plus 30, Rio plus 10 : creating a new paradigm of global governance / Maurice Strong -- Energy and sustainable development / Jose Goldemberg -- Toward a global environmental mechanism / Daniel C. Esty, Maria H. Ivanova -- Nexus and the neem tree : globalization and a transition toward sustainability / Robert W. Kates -- Intrinsic negative effects of economic globalization on the environment / Jerry Mander -- Forests and globalization : a business perspective / Stephan Schmidheiny -- Myths of globalization exposed : advancing toward living democracy / Vandana Shiva -- Environment and globalization after Johannesburg / James Gustave Speth.
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Gus Speth is dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and professor in the practice of environmental policy and sustainable development. He was recently awarded the Blue Planet Prize from the Asahi Glass Foundation in recognition of his lifelong contributions to environmental problem-solving

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The significance of this book's title is no surprise to environmentalists. In his opening and concluding essays, Speth notes that economic globalization and sustainable development are two opposing paradigms for the world's future. Between Speth's essays, other authors discuss various aspects of that conflict, providing historical perspective and prospective suggestions for resolution. Because Speth and his contributors are all major figures on the international environmental and sustainability stage, the book is a worthwhile window on some ideas emerging at that level. Whether any of their suggestions achieve acceptance is less important than knowing some of the issues and ideas that may influence environmental action in the near future. The wealth of information about environmental problems and recent efforts to address them on scales from local and small to global and huge is another positive aspect of this anthology. Besides all that, the book also raises the significant question whether economic globalization is inevitability or an avoidable choice. Jerry Mander and Vandana Shiva argue the latter view forcefully and eloquently, in contrast to several other authors for whom the environment is the "third pillar" of global sustainable development, along with economic and social development. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All levels. W. Ouderkirk SUNY Empire State College

Table of Contents

James Gustave SpethJane LubchencoMaurice StrongJose GoldembergDaniel C. Esty and Maria H. IvanovaRobert W. KatesJerry ManderStephan SchmidheinyVandana ShivaJames Gustave Speth
Prefacep. xi
Chapter 1. Two Perspectives on Globalization and the Environmentp. 1
Chapter 2. Waves of the Future: Sea Changes for a Sustainable Worldp. 21
Chapter 3. Stockholm Plus 30, Rio Plus 10: Creating a New Paradigm of Global Governancep. 33
Chapter 4. Energy and Sustainable Developmentp. 53
Chapter 5. Toward a Global Environmental Mechanismp. 67
Chapter 6. The Nexus and the Neem Tree: Globalization and a Transition toward Sustainabilityp. 85
Chapter 7. Intrinsic Negative Effects of Economic Globalization on the Environmentp. 109
Chapter 8. Forests and Globalization: A Business Perspectivep. 131
Chapter 9. The Myths of Globalization Exposed: Advancing toward Living Democracyp. 141
Chapter 10. Environment and Globalization after Johannesburgp. 155
Indexp. 167