Achieving global sustainability will require the development and integration of three elements: a shared vision of what a sustainable society is; new methods of analysis and modeling to understand and describe that vision; and new institutions and instruments that can make the vision a reality. Getting Down to Earth examines these three elements and the importance of their integration for the creation of a sustainable world.
Drawing on materials from a workshop following the third international conference of the International Society for Ecological Economics, Getting Down to Earth brings together scientists, managers, and national and international policy makers to identify practical strategies for implementing sustainability based on ecological economic principles. The book:
Joining a shared vision of a sustainable and desirable world with adequate analysis and innovative implementation promises to be the "full package" necessary to achieve sustainability. Ecological economics, a transdisciplinary approach that focuses directly on the problems facing humanity and the life-supporting ecosystems on which we depend, is helping to foster the dialogue necessary to pull the package together and move toward newly articulated goals. Getting Down to Earth presents an important overview of the practical applications of ecological economics for students, researchers, faculty, and anyone interested in the development of a sustainable society.
“A rich collection of
insights from many of the leading lights of the new ‘eco’-nomics, and
a valuable aid to envisioning – and creating – a sustainable community.”
“This book offers food
for thought for theorists, policy makers, students, and activists. The
authors provide vision, analysis, and means of implementation, and have
brought together an extraordinary rich set of contributors to provide
new ways to approach the critical issues of our time.”
“No single trend in
academia is more cheering than the growing collaboration between ecologists
and economics. Getting Down to Earth is a landmark in that trend, containing
chapters by many of the leaders of ecological economics. The book will
be of interest to concerned lay persons, and should be required reading
for students of environmental science.”
About the Editors
Robert Costanza is director of the International Society for Ecological Economics.
Olman Segura is professor at the National University of Costa Rica.
Juan Martinez-Alier is professor at the University at Autonoma in Barcelona, Spain.
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