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State of the world 2014 : governing for sustainability

Author: Worldwatch Institute.
Publisher: Washington, [DC] : Island Press, 2014.
Series: State of the World
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Citizens expect their governments to lead on sustainability. But from largely disappointing international conferences like Rio II to the U.S.s failure to pass meaningful climate legislation, governments progress has been lackluster. Thats not to say leadership is absent; it just often comes from the bottom up rather than the top down. Actionon climate, species loss, inequity, and other sustainability crisesis being  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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State of the world 2014
(OCoLC)879206975
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Worldwatch Institute.
ISBN: 9781610915427 1610915429 9781597264655 1597264652
OCLC Number: 879347460
Description: 1 online resource (xxiv, 294 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Foreword / David W. Orr --
Failing governance, unsustainable planet / Michael Renner and Tom Prugh --
Understanding governance / D. Conor Seyle and Matthew Wilburn King --
Governance, sustainability, and evolution / John M. Gowdy --
Ecoliteracy : knowledge is not enough / Monty Hempel --
Digitization and sustainability / Richard Worthington --
Living in the Anthropocene : business as usual, or comasssionate retreat? / Peter G. Brown and Jeremy J. Schmidt --
Governing people as members of the Earth community / Cormac Cullinan --
Listening to the voices of young and future generations / Antoine Ebel and Tatiana Rinke --
Advancing ecological stewardship via the commons and human rights / Davud Bollier and Burns Weston --
Looking backward (not forward) to environmental justice / Aaron Sachs --
The too-polite revolution : understanding the failure to pass U.S. climate legislation / Petra Bartosiewicz and Marissa Miley --
China's environmental governance challenge / Sam Geall and Isabel Hilton --
Assessing the outcomes of Rio+20 / Maria Ivanova --
How local governments have become a factor in global sustainability / Monika Zimmermann --
Scrutinizing the corporate role in the post-2015 development agenda / Lou Pingeot --
Making finance serve the real economy / Thomas I. Palley --
Climate governance and the resource curse / Evan Musolino and Katie Auth --
The political-economic foundations of a sustainable system / Gar Alperovitz --
The rise of triple-bottom-line businesses / Colleen Cordes --
Working toward energy democracy / Sean Sweeney --
Take the wheel and steer! Trade unions and the just transition / Judith Gouverneur and Nina Netzer --
A call to engagement / Tom Prugh and Michael Renner.
Series Title: State of the World
Other Titles: Governing for sustainability
Responsibility: [Worldwatch Institute].

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Citizens expect their governments to lead on sustainability. But from largely disappointing international conferences like Rio II to the U.S.s failure to pass meaningful climate legislation, governments progress has been lackluster. Thats not to say leadership is absent; it just often comes from the bottom up rather than the top down. Actionon climate, species loss, inequity, and other sustainability crisesis being driven by local, peoples, womens, and grassroots movements around the world, often in opposition to the agendas pursued by governments and big corporations. These diverse efforts are the subject of the latest volume in the Worldwatch Institutes highly regarded State of the World series. The 2014 edition, marking the Institutes 40th anniversary, examines both barriers to responsible political and economic governance as well as gridlock-shattering new ideas. The authors analyze a variety of trends and proposals, including regional and local climate initiatives, the rise of benefit corporations and worker-owned firms, the need for energy democracy, the Internets impact on sustainability, and the importance of eco-literacy. A consistent thread throughout the book is that informed and engaged citizens are key to better governance. The book is a clear-eyed yet ultimately optimistic assessment of citizens ability to govern for sustainability. By highlighting both obstacles and opportunities, State of the World 2014 shows how to effect change within and beyond the halls of government. This volume will be especially useful for policymakers, environmental nonprofits, students of environmental studies, sustainability, or economicsand citizens looking to jumpstart significant change around the world.

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