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Sustainability Table of contents Introduction 1. Towards Sustainable Development 2. Cultural and Contested Understandings of Science and Sustainability 4. Connecting Social with Environmental Justice 5. Sustainable Development, Politics and Governance 6. Conservation and Sustainable Development 7. Envisioning Sustainable Societies and Urban Areas 9. Tools, Systems and Innovation for Sustainability Communication and Learning for Sustainability This book does an excellent job of covering the critical issues, and in a very readable form.
It moves deftly from theory to practice, touching down in different parts of the world, from China to South America, from the U. The inclusion of up-to-date topics like the role of the internet, computers, television and film in sustainable development is most welcome, indeed. John Blewitt combines meticulously researched chapters with deeply reflective questions and a clarity of argument that makes this book essential reading for all" -Daniella Tilbury, University of Gloucestershire, UK and Chair of the UN Global Monitoring and Evaluation Expert Group on Education for Sustainable Development "Understanding Sustainable Development introduces students and professionals to the basic concepts of sustainability and leads them - step by step - to explore inherent paradoxes and complexity of social, economic and environmental issues.
A must read for everybody interested in critical theory of economic development, sustainability, and related subjects of globalization, democracy and neoliberalism. The new edition continues to reflect the interdiscipinary nature of sustainability, embracing many different perspectives, and its many dimensions, providing a great supporting text for those new and old to the field of sustainability teaching, research and in their professional and personal lives. Succinct but comprehensive and combining clarity with technical accuracy, students are gifted a comprehensive overview that is easy to read.
The text has always worked well and has become a primary teaching resource. Will it make a difference to our understanding? I think it will. It draws upon worldviews and perspectives often marginalized or ignored in the adrenaline rush to make sustainability a living reality. It comes closer than most to that elusive ideal: the comprehensive book on a broadly based interpretation of sustainable development!
John Blewitt: Understanding sustainable development
A truly comprehensive introduction to sustainable development, it is designed specifically to allow access to the topic from a wide range of educational and professional backgrounds and to develop understanding of a diversity of approaches and traditions at different levels. This second edition includes:a complete update of the text, with increased coverage of major topics including ecosystems; production and consumption; business; urban sustainability; governance; new media technologies; conservation; leadership; globalization and global crises; sustainability literacy and learning;more examples from the Global South and North America, while retaining its unique coverage of first world countries;chapter aims at the start and summaries at the end of each chapter; glossary of key terms; a new chapter on Conservation with a focus on behaviour change and values;a brand new website which includes discussion of how projects are done on the ground, additional exercises and online cases, test questions and recommended readings and films. Offering boxed examples from the local to the global, this textbook the most complete guide to the subject for course leaders, undergraduates and postgraduates"-- Read more
Understanding Sustainable Development
Sustainability Table of contents Introduction 1. Towards Sustainable Development 2. Cultural and Contested Understandings of Science and Sustainability 4. Connecting Social with Environmental Justice 5. Sustainable Development, Politics and Governance 6. Conservation and Sustainable Development 7.
Understanding Sustainable Development