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The world has witnessed extraordinary economic growth, poverty reduction and increased life expectancy and population since the end of WWII, but it has occurred at the expense of undermining life support systems on Earth and subjecting future generations to the real risk of destabilising the planet. This timely book exposes and explores this colossal environmental cost and the dangerous position the world is now in. Standing up for a Sustainable World is written by and about key individuals who have not only understood the threats to our planet, but also become witness to them and confronted them. Combining the voices of leading academics as well as climate change and environmental activists, entrepreneurs and investors, the book highlights the urgent action that needs to be taken to foster sustainable, resilient and inclusive development in the face of powerful systemic forces. Chapters look ahead to a better path for human wellbeing, security and dignity, offering insight to ways this can be created. The book as a whole shares the visions and hopes of those fighting in a myriad of ways to make a sustainable world, attempting to tip the balance away from the crushing loss of biodiversity, rising sea levels and increasing global mean temperature, whilst increasing living standards across all dimensions, particularly for the poorest people. An imperative read for those concerned about the future of our planet, this book showcases not only why urgent action is now imperative, but also what changes are necessary for a sustainable, resilient and equitable world. It offers crucial insights for those interested in the dynamics of political action, in how change occurs, and in effective communication. Environmental economics, as well as environmental studies and human geography students and scholars more broadly will find this an invigorating read.
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'The breadth of coverage is impressive both topically and geographically. The science is accurately depicted, and tales are realistically explained. This unusually well-written book is available directly from the publisher via open access. Highly recommended.' -- R E O'Connor, CHOICE Review of the Week 'The text is frequently passionate, but never shrill. The breadth of coverage is impressive both topically and geographically. The science is accurately depicted, and tales are realistically explained. This unusually well-written book is available directly from the publisher via open access.' -- R E O'Connor, CHOICE 'This is the first major attempt at conveying to the world, both the need for urgent action to curb climate change, and the multiple channels that can be activated to achieve that goal. Leading academics, environmental activists, entrepreneurs and investors have been asked to lay out ideas on how to make economic development more sustainable and more inclusive. This book is a must-read for all economists and more broadly anyone interested about making the world a better place.' -- Philippe Aghion, College de France, and London School of Economics, UK 'Standing Up for a Sustainable World underscores the inexorable link between social justice and environmental justice. While people living in extreme poverty are the least responsible for climate change and environmental damage, they are undoubtedly the most impacted by its consequences. Therefore, it is urgent and essential to strengthen the resilience to climate change of people living in poverty, but only through social and economic change that leaves no-one behind, and which actively involves them in making decisions that affect their lives.' -- Donald Lee, President of the International Movement ATD Fourth World, UK and previously at the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, US 'We are confronted with loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services globally at unprecedented level. This could be attributed to a number of factors: climate change, deforestation, land use change for agricultural expansion, economic imbalance due to unfair trading practises. If we do not take urgent and immediate actions to address these issues, we might suffer irreversible changes affecting the future of our planet and the fate of future generations. This book provides expert opinion and forward looking thoughts to current global challenges. The book links science with policy in ways that will prompt policy makers into actions. Hence, I wholeheartedly recommend the book to be read by all interested in nature's health and sustainable benefits.' -- Sebsebe Demissew, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, (foreign) Member of the Royal Society, UK and Co-Chair (2013-8) of the IPBES Multidisciplinary Expert Panel, Germany 'It is easy to say, as is frequently repeated, that the future of humanity on earth is at risk. The difficult challenge is to understand the empirical basis of that terrible fear, and also to assess, with best professional scrutiny, what we can do to resist the environmental catastrophe. It is wonderful that we can turn to this wide-ranging study for guidance on each.' -- Amartya Sen, Harvard University, US 'Reading Standing up for a Sustainable World is essential to understand our times. Claude Henry, Johan Rockstrom and Nicholas Stern, three internationally renowned academics, have collected the voices of those - activists, entrepreneurs, academics - who are taking action to build a more resilient world. We should learn from them in order to change our economic and social model, reduce inequalities and lay the foundations for a better future.' -- Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, France 'We are clearly at a fork in the road in the quest to ensure that our children and grandchildren have a liveable planet. This unique book goes well beyond the endless projections, scenarios and storylines that promise a sustainable future but never really deliver. Instead, this book goes to &qu
Edited by Claude Henry, Professor of Sustainable Development, Sciences Po, France, Johan Rockstroem, Director, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK); Professor in Earth System Science, University of Potsdam, Germany and Nicholas Stern, IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government and Chair, Grantham Research Institute, London School of Economics, UK
Contents: Preface: a collective book project - the last chance? Voluntary actors in an ecological and economic transition xxiii PART I INTRODUCTION SECTION 1 SCIENTIFIC BACKGROUNDS 1 Science, society and a sustainable future 3 Johan Rockstroem and Nicholas Stern 2 Conservation psychology and climate change 10 Susan Clayton 3 Capitalism and the curse of external effects 24 Claude Henry SECTION 2 SETTING THE SCENE 4 Costa Rica as pioneer of a green social contract 48 Monica Araya 5 The carbon tax in Sweden 59 Thomas Sterner 6 Lessons from the Obama White House: how climate policy really gets done 68 Alice C. Hill 7 Climate policy in China: an overview 76 Ye Qi, Xiaofan Zhao and Nicholas Stern 8 The Paris Agreement on climate change: what legacy? 103 Laurence Tubiana and Emmanuel Guerin PART II DEFENDERS 9 Introduction to Part II 117 Jonathan Watts 10 To protect the Amazon, defend the people of the forest 125 Maria do Socorro Costa Silva 11 Of chainsaws and grace: direct action by eco-vigilantes in the Philippines 128 Bobby Chan 12 Social justice goes hand in hand with environmental campaigns - and not just in Africa 131 Phyllis Omido 13 Living our values: using art and technology to campaign for nature in Turkey 134 Birhan Erkutlu and Tugba Gu nal PART III LITIGANTS 14 Introduction to Part III 137 Marie Toussaint and Claude Henry 15 The Urgenda case in the Netherlands: creating a revolution through the courts 140 Marjan Minnesma 16 Juliana v. United States and the global youth-led legal campaign for a safe climate 151 Patti Moore, Danny Noonan and Erik Woodward 17 How policymakers imperil coming generations' future and what to do about it 158 Ridhima Pandey 18 Protecting the rights of future generations through climate litigation: lessons from the struggle against deforestation in the Colombian Amazon 163 Camila Bustos, Valentina Rozo-Angel and Gabriela Eslava-Bejarano 19 People's Climate Case - families and youth take the EU to court over its failure to address the climate crisis 171E. Deville, L. Dubois Goeksen Sahin 20 Climate change claim on behalf of New Zealand's indigenous Maori peoples 178 Michael Sharp, Nicole Smith and Tania Te Whenua 21 France: L'Affaire du Siecle : the story of a mass mobilization for climate 185 Marie Toussaint PART IV COMING GENERATIONS ON THE FRONT LINE 22 Introduction to Part IV 194 Claude Henry 23 Fridays For Future - FFF Europe and beyond 196 Anuna De Wever, Luisa Neubauer and Katrien van der Heyden 24 The Fridays For Future Movement in Uganda and Nigeria 211 Hilda Flavia Nakabuye, Sadrach Nirere and Adenike Titilope Oladosu 25 The origins of School Strike 4 Climate NZ 218 Sophie Handford and Raven Maeder 26 350.org 231 William "Bill" McKibben 27 How to become an engineer in the ecological crisis? 234 Antoine Bizien, Elsa Deville and Lucas Dubois 28 Ecological aspirations of youth: how higher education could fall between two stools 238 Alessia Lefebure PART V ENTREPRENEURS 29 Introduction to Part V 247 Nicholas Stern and Charlotte Taylor 30 Catching mighty North Sea winds 251 Claude Henry 31 Providing electricity from rice husk in rural India 254 Claude Henry 32 Heat pumps for decarbonizing buildings 256 Dominique Bureau 33 The rise of supercapacitors: making electric vehicles as convenient as ordinary ones 261 Claude Henry 34 From scooter to boat: innovations in electric transport in cities of Southeast Asia 264 Pippo Ranci 35 The third attempt at the electric car might be the successful one 271 Geoffrey Heal 36 Solar cookstoves for adaptation to degrading natural conditions 274 Claude Henry 37 Carbon capture from ambient air: a brake on climate change? 278 Claude Henry 38 Ecological engineering in coastal protection 283 Claude Henry 39 Better to corrupt plastics than the environment 286 Pippo Ranci 40 Drip irrigation: Daniel Hillel's legacy 291 Claude Henry 41 Making the case for agroecological innovation: the need for technical but