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Making Peace with the Earth
Twenty-First Century Talks
Edited by Jérôme Bindé
With a Preface by Koïchiro Matsuura Director General of UNESCO
Introduction by Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, former Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Published in Association with UNESCO
184 pages, 21 ills, index
ISBN 978-1-84545-498-2 $27.95/£19.00 Pb Published (Autumn 2007)
The current world situation is fraught with potential future conflicts and calls for global responses. The point needs to be made yet again that sustainable development concerns us all and is a vital prerequisite for effectively combating poverty, since it is the poorest individuals that are most affected by drought and other natural catastrophes looming over the planet. Today, though, we understand that our war on nature is a world war…As part of the current reform of the United Nations system, a wide-ranging debate has now begun concerning the governance of the environment at a world-wide level and the need for better coordination of everybody’s efforts. [from the Preface] Unesco is actively involved in the debate as reflected in this volume that outlines some of the fundamental themes outlined here by prominent thinkers and offered as a forum for discussion.
Jérôme Bindé is Director of the Office of Foresight at UNESCO and produces the series of the ‘Twenty-first Century Talks’. He is the editor of its first two anthologies Keys to the 21st Century (2000) and The Future of Values (2004). He is also principal co-author of the World Foresight Report The World Ahead: Our Future in the Making (2001), and director of the UNESCO World Report Towards Knowledge Societies (2005).
Subject: Environmental Studies Development Studies
Preface: Let us make peace with the Earth
Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO
Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, Former Secretary-General of United Nations
PART I: ARE THERE LIMITS TO GROWTH? POPULATION, RESOURCES, ENERGY DEVELOPMENT
Chapter 1. How and when will we experience limits to growth?
Chapter 2. Dematerialization and sustainable development
Chapter 3. What limits and what kind of development?
PART II: WATER FOR ALL?
Chapter 4. Quo Vadis world of water?
Asit K. Biswas
Chapter 5. What will be the impact of climatic change on water availability?
Chapter 6. Which crises in the 21st century?
PART III: BIODIVERSITY IN PERIL
Chapter 7. Why should we care about biodiversity? The meeting of ecology and ethics
Chapter 8. The state of global biodiversity
Edward O. Wilson
PART IV: SAVING THE PLANET: CONSUME LESS TO LIVE BETTER?
Chapter 9. Can we afford to reduce our ecological footprint?
Chapter 10. Will we be able to reduce superfluous consumption?
Haroldo Mattos de Lemos
Chapter 11. An ecological pact: joining forces to place ecology at the centre of public debate
PART V: A NEW ETHIC OF RESPONSIBILITY: TOWARDS A NATURAL CONTRACT?
Chapter 12. Atmospheric chemistry and climate in the Anthropocene
Paul J. Crutzen
Chapter 13. Let the Earth be whole
Souleymane Bachir Diagne
Chapter 14. A return to the natural contract
Notes on contributors
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