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Environmental Debt: The Hidden Costs of a Changing Global Economyby Amy Larkin
Synopses & Reviews
For decades, politicians and business leaders alike told the American public that our most important challenge was growing the economy, and that environmental protection could be left to future generations. Now, in the wake of billions of dollars in costs associated with coastal devastation from Hurricane Sandy, rampant wildfires across the West, and groundwater contamination from reckless drilling, its increasingly clear that yesterdays carefree attitude about the environment has morphed into a fiscal crisis of epic proportions. Environmental Debt argues that the costs of global warming, extreme weather, pollution, and other forms of “environmental debt” are wreaking havoc on the economy. To combat these trends, author Amy Larkin proposes a new framework for twenty-first century commerce, based on three principles: 1) Pollution can no longer be free; 2) All business decision making and accounting must incorporate the long view; and 3) Government must play a vital role in catalyzing clean technology and growth while preventing environmental destruction. Profiling the multinational corporations that are transforming their operations with downright radical initiatives, Larkin presents smart policy choices that would actually unleash these business solutions to many global financial and environmental problems.
“For anyone interested in environmental and economic policy, this is a fascinating, provocative book. Brisk, bold, and blunt, Larkin is a devastating critic of current business practices, but she wants to inspire, not scold.” — Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Amy Larkin is the business advisor for Greenpeace International and the former director of Greenpeace Solutions. She has been featured in various print and broadcast media, and has won multiple awards, including a recent nomination for the United Nations Foundation Clean Energy, Education and Empowerment Award. She is the chair of the Advisory Board of Biomimicry NYC and a strategic advisor to the public policy think tank RESOLVE. She lives in New York City.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Chapter One: A Framework for 21st Century Commerce
Chapter Two: Environmental Debt
Chapter Three: The Quest for True Profits
Chapter Four: Courage: High Risk, High Reward
Chapter Five: Moving Beyond Fossil Fuels
Chapter Six: Extreme Weather and the Food/Water/Energy Nexus
Chapter Seven: The Cutting Edge of Innovation
Chapter Eight: Why Dont We?
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