Synopses & Reviews
Environmental issues, once the benign hobby of the few, have become everybody's urgent concern--progressing from the peaceful vibes of the first Earth Day to the political tumult of the "green possibility." As we surpass the end of the twentieth century and as these issues become more pressing, John Young's tour de force
is an especially welcome and timely assessment of the history of the environmental movement--and a call to arms for a new and effective attack on the problems.
Young maintains that only a powerful synthesis of political, economic, and moral ideologies--a unification he terms postenvironmentalism--will move world societies into a relation to the environment that maintains the best democratic values. He describes many of the movements and strategies that have appeared over the last three decades: realos, reds, greens, left and right ecologists, eco-feminists, humanists, and pragmatists. Now even the most radical environmentalists must recognize the reality of questions about equity and poverty, technology and energy, aid and trade between wealthy and impoverished countries, and the validity of the ways people consider them. As the process of trial and error this book describes continues, Young offers--in a thoughtful and undogmatic manner--an alternative perspective that is essential reading for all who care about our world.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -218) and index.
About the Author
John Young is Professor of History and Director of the Center for Environmental Studies at the University of Adelaide, Australia.
Table of Contents
1. Why We Need A Degraded Environment
2. The Real Garden of Eden
3. The Parable of the Talents
4. Science to the Rescue
5. Small is Beautiful, but Can We Afford It?
6. The Ingredients of Post Environmentalism
7. Finding Common Ground
8. The Politics of a Sustainable Society
Bibliography and References