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

Publication date:
03 Mar 2009
320 pages: 210 x 140 x 20mm
8 black-&-white illustrations

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 accelerating, dramatically - and 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. 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 today's destructive world economy before it is too late. The book is about how to do that.

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'.

“… a wealth of information and insight on the full spectrum of the environmental, economic, political, social and psychological challenges that we face … the most condensed, comprehensive and convincing book of its kind … the one that I would like to throw at every politician and every corporate leader … clarifying, reinforcing and supportive.” - John Whitmore, Resurgence, No. 253

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