Demographers predict that the world population will double during the first half of the 21st century before it will begin to level off. In this volume, a group of prominent authors examine what societal changes must occur to meet this challenge to the natural environment and the transformational changes that we must experience to achieve sustainability. Frances Cairncross, Herman E. Daly, Stephen H. Schneider and others provide a broad discussion of sustainable development. They detail economic and environmental, as well as spiritual and religious, corporate and social, scientific and political factors. Sustainable Development: The Challenge of Transition offers many insightful policy recommendations about how business, government, and individuals must change their current values, priorities, and behavior to meet present and future challenges. It will appeal to scholars and decision makers interested in global change, environmental policy, population growth, and sustainable development, and also to corporate environmental managers.
List of contributors; Foreward Bruce Alberts; Preface C. H. Ward and Jurgen A. Schmandt; 1. Challenge and response Jurgen A. Schmandt and C. H. Ward; 2. National self-interest in the pursuit of sustainable development Malcolm Gillis and Jeffrey R. Vincent; 3. Uneconomic growth: from empty-world versus full-world economics Herman E. Daly; 4. Population and consumption: from more to enough Robert W. Kates; 5. Spirituality and sustainability Carla V. Berkedal; 6. Leadership skills for sustainable development Bruce W. Piasecki; 7. The role of science: guidance and service Stephen H. Schneider; 8. Economic tools, international trade, and the role of business Frances Cairncross; 9. Stakeholders and sustainable development James B. Blackburn; 10. From idea to action: the role of policy Jurgen A. Schmandt; Index.