Sustaining life on earth : environmental and human health through global governance


Sustaining life on earth : environmental and human health through global governance

edited by Colin L. Soskolne ; coedited by Laura Westra ... [et al.]

Lexington Books, a division of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, c2008

  • : pbk.

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Includes bibliographical references and index



As global warming, famine, and environmental catastrophes have become daily news items, achieving a sustainable environment to maintain the future of life on Earth has become a global concern. Sustaining Life on Earth is an important contribution toward assessing such problems and making the Earth hospitable to life for generations to come. With an interdisciplinary team of international scholars, this masterfully edited collection approaches the problems facing sustainability from a perspective of global governance. To date, powerful economic forces have misguided decision-making processes in favor of short-term gain rather than long-term sustainability. As global awareness has increased and individual citizens have begun to alter their lifestyles to be more environmentally conscious, it is also necessary for governing bodies to take these concerns seriously. Sustaining Life on Earth makes the case that, for all the recent neo-liberal emphasis on the autonomous individual, humanity has collective problems, and it is only through collective action that solutions will be found. It shows that the global community is beginning to acknowledge the interdependencies among population, affluence, and technology. In the book, analysts from many disciplines advance solutions that could shift us away from growth-bound status quo development approaches toward more ecologically responsible and socially equitable ways of living. They suggest ways to move forward that would ensure health and well-being for all in both present and future generations. While success necessarily entails many changes at all levels, the book highlights one soft-law instrument that reflects many of the values and principles necessary to set humanity onto a sustainable path: The Earth Charter of 2002. Sustaining Life on Earth is a ground-breaking contribution to the burgeoning study of sustainability. Designed for a general non-specialist readership in the first year of university or beyond, this book will be of interest to anyone concerned with the impacts of global change on human well-being and the ecosphere, including people in environmental NGOs and those working in public policy.


Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Teacher's Guide Chapter 4 Introduction: Global and Local Contexts as Evidence for Concern Part 5 Tying Governance to Ecology, Economy, and Human Well-Being Chapter 6 Institutions for Global Governance Chapter 7 A Covenant of Covenants: A Federal Vision of Global Governance for the Twenty-first Century Chapter 8 Market Society and Ecological Integrity: Theory and Practice Chapter 9 A Full Spectrum Integrity Index of Nations Part 10 Globalization, Human Rights, and the Human Condition Chapter 11 Linkages among Globalization, Human Rights, and Health Chapter 12 Toward Sustainability with Justice: Are Human Nature and History on Side? Chapter 13 Protecting Society from Itself: Reconnecting Ecology and Economy Chapter 14 Strong Sustainability and Environmental Policy: Justification and Implementation Part 15 Governance for Ecological Integrity, Sustainable Ecosystem Function, and Public Health Chapter 16 Toward Sustainable Environmental Governance in South Africa: Cooperative Environmental Governance and Integrated Environmental Management as Possible Solutions to Fragmentation Chapter 17 Collective Decision-Making Bridging Public Health, Sustainability Governance, and Environmental Management Chapter 18 Evolution of the Ecological Integrity Debate Chapter 19 A Sense of Possibility: What Does Governance for Health and Ecological Sustainability Look Like? Part 20 Covenants and Respect for All Life, Public-Good, and Traditional Knowledge Chapter 21 The Earth Charter, Ethics, and Global Governance Chapter 22 The Copenhagen Consensus: A Global Public-Good Perspective Comparing the Earth Charter with Other Recent Declarations Chapter 23 Intergenerational Sustainability and Traditional Knowledge in Africa: The Natural Resource Management Perspective Part 24 Focus (a): Governance amid Ideological Influences in a Globalizing World Chapter 25 The Ominous Rise of Ideological Think Tanks in Environmental Policy-Making Chapter 26 Cutting CO2 Emissions in the Atmosphere: A Realistic Goal or a Mere Utopian Ideal? Chapter 27 Ecological Governance at Work: A Community Challenge to Genetically Modified Organisms Part 28 Focus (b): Rights to Food and Water Chapter 29 The Future: World Population and Food Security Chapter 30 Refining International Water Law Chapter 31 Water as a Human Right: The Sri Lankan Experience Chapter 32 Cooperation in Promoting Ecological Integrity and Socioeconomic Justice in Marine Fisheries: European Community-West African Relations Part 33 Focus (c): Social Forces at Play in Environmental and Human Catastrophes Chapter 34 The Institutionalized Use of Force in Economic Development: With Special References to the World Bank Chapter 35 Globalization and the Degradation of Rural Livelihoods: A Comparative Study of Mexico and Vietnam under Trade Liberalization Chapter 36 A Toolkit for Ecoepidemiological Enquiry under Global Ecological Change Part 37 Focus (d): The Rights of Children: Health and the Culture Environment Chapter 38 The Culture Environment: Implications for Public Health, Human Rights, and Ecological Sustainability Chapter 39 The Child's Rights to Health and the Role of the World Health Organization Part 40 Conclusions: Challenging Our Individual and Collective Thinking about Sustainability

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