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Bankrupting Nature: Denying Our Planetary Boundaries [Format Kindle]

Anders Wijkman , Johan Rockström
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This powerful book shows us that we are in deep denial about the magnitude of the global environmental challenges and resource constraints facing the world. Despite growing scientific consensus on major environmental threats as well as resource depletion, societies are largely continuing with business as usual, at best attempting to tinker at the margins of the problems. The authors argue that regardless of whether governments respond to the economic crisis through additional stimulus packages or reduced government spending, environmental and resource constraints will remain. The crisis will be exacerbated by the combination of climate change, ecosystem decline and resource scarcity, in particular crude oil. The concept of Planetary Boundaries is introduced as a powerful explanation of the limits of the biosphere to sustain continued conventional growth. 

The book breaks the long silence on population, criticizing donor countries for not doing enough to support the education of girls and reproductive health services. It is shown that an economy built on the continuous expansion of material consumption is not sustainable. De-growth, however, is no solution either. The growth dilemma can only be addressed through a transformation of the economic system. A strong plea is made for abandoning GDP growth as the key objective for development. The focus should instead be on a limited number of welfare indicators. The trickle-down concept is seriously questioned, to be replaced by one of sufficiency. Rich countries are called upon to hold back their material growth to leave room for a rising living standard among the poor. Alternative business models are presented, such as moving from products to services or towards a circular economy based on re-use, reconditioning and recylcing – all with the aim of facilitating sustainable development.

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Anders Wijkman is Advisor at the Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden, and Co-President, Club of Rome. He has been a Member of the Swedish Parliament and of the European Parliament, as well as Director General of the Swedish Red Cross, Director General of the Swedish Agency for Research Cooperation with Developing Countries and Assistant Secretary General of the UN and Policy Director of the United Nations Development Programme. He is a member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences and the World Academy of Art and Science.

Johan Rockström is a Professor in Natural Resource Management at Stockholm University, and the Executive Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre. He is an internationally recognized scientist on global sustainability issues, for example leading the recent development of the new Planetary Boundaries framework for human development in the current era of rapid global change. He also co-chairs Future Earth, and international initiative on global sustainability.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent book 2 janvier 2013
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Excellent book, summarizing all initiatives and studies on sustainable development, environment protection and not only; most important, it provides solutions, paths and starting points for improvement as far as an outnumbered population' ways of living on the same planet.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Astonishing 24 avril 2013
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All the questions are addressed...
Excellent overview of all questions that are so much linked together !
Strongly recommended to everyone !
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Planetary rescue needs to start NOW 18 juillet 2013
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The authors of this book warn us that nature will not continue to provide " a constant and stable foundation for economic activity." The earth is finite, yet economists continue to act as if constant growth is not only possible but essential to our economic health. They compare the recent world economic meltdown to the bankruptcy facing nature if we do not stop the overexploitation of important ecosystems.

The book's chapters are divided up in the manner of short essays of around 10 pages. The writing style is concise and engaging and is supported by compelling graphs which support their arguments.

One of the strengths of the authors is their fluency in the treatment of environmental economics. They directly confront the arguments of neoliberal economists, who assert that the world cannot afford the radical measures required to prevent climate change. However, the world can't afford NOT to reduce climate change. A combination of energy efficiency, renewable energy and systems change could reduce emissions by more than 80% if the economic will existed. Chapter 7, on energy, demonstrates the achievability of a viable world economy with minimal carbon emissions by 2050. However the modernisation of undeveloped countries presents us with a major challenge. If these countries were to repeat the mistakes made by developed sector, disaster would result.

Wijkman and Rostrom conclude by urging the need for a planetary solution: a globalised phase of environmental change. Although many promising new technologies are being created, a new regime of governance is needed. At present there is there is only a patchwork of international agreements for which compliance is more a goal than strict practice. Unless a strong, globalised regime is reached, the welfare of future generations is at dire risk.
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