Synopses & Reviews
The developed world, increasingly aware of and#147;inconvenient truthsand#8221; about global warming and sustainability, is turning its attention to possible remediesand#151;eco-efficiency, sustainable development, and corporate social responsibility, among others. But such measures are mere Band-Aids, and they may actually do more harm than good, says John Ehrenfeld, a pioneer in the field of industrial ecology. In this deeply considered book, Ehrenfeld challenges conventional understandings of and#147;solvingand#8221; environmental problems and offers a radically new set of strategies to attain sustainability.
Theand#160;book is founded upon this new definition: sustainability is the possibility that humans and other life will flourish on Earth forever. There are obstacles to this hopeful vision, however, and overcoming them will require us to transform our behavior, both individually and collectively. Ehrenfeld identifies problematic cultural attributesand#151;such as the unending consumption that characterizes modern lifeand#151;and outlines practical steps toward developing sustainability as a mindset. By focusing on the and#147;beingand#8221; mode of human existence rather than on the unsustainable and#147;havingand#8221; mode we cling to now, he asserts, a sustainable world is within our reach.
About the Author
John R. Ehrenfeld, who before his retirement was affiliated with the MIT Center for Technology, Policy, and Industrial Development and the Departments of Chemical Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering, now serves as executive director of the International Society for Industrial Ecology and is senior research scholar at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. In 1999 he became the first recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Resources Institute. He lives in Lexington, MA.