Sustaining Life on Earth: Environmental and Human Health through Global Governance

Sustaining Life on Earth: Environmental and Human Health through Global Governance

by Colin L. Soskolne
     
 

ISBN-10: 0739117297

ISBN-13: 9780739117293

Pub. Date: 11/05/2007

Publisher: Lexington Books

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

Overview

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 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 principlesnecessary to set humanity onto a sustainable path: the Earth Charter of 2002.

Sustaining Life on Earth is a groundbreaking contribution to the burgeoning study of sustainability. Designed for a general nonspecialist readership at the undergraduate and graduate level, as well as for potential readers in any of a broad range of postgraduate specialties, 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 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and those working in public policy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739117293
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
11/05/2007
Pages:
482
Product dimensions:
6.33(w) x 9.27(h) x 1.62(d)

Table of Contents

Figures, Tables, and Text Boxes     xi
Foreword   Anthony J. McMichael     xiii
Preface   Colin L. Soskolne     xvii
Acknowledgments     xix
Teacher's Guide     xxi
Introduction: Global and Local Contexts as Evidence for Concern   Colin L. Soskolne   Laura Westra   Louis J. Kotze   Brendan Mackey   William E. Rees   Richard Westra     1
Tying Governance to Ecology, Economy, and Human Well-Being
Institutions for Global Governance   Klaus Bosselmann     9
A Covenant of Covenants: A Federal Vision of Global Governance for the Twenty-first Century   J. Ronald Engel     27
Market Society and Ecological Integrity: Theory and Practice   Richard Westra     41
A Full Spectrum Integrity Index of Nations   Helmut Burkhardt     51
Globalization, Human Rights, and the Human Condition
Linkages among Globalization, Human Rights, and Health   Maud Huynen   Pim Martens     65
Toward Sustainability with Justice: Are Human Nature and History on Side?   William E. Rees     81
Protecting Society from Itself: Reconnecting Ecology and Economy   James R. Karr     95
Strong Sustainability and Environmental Policy:Justification and Implementation   Konrad Ott   Ralf Doring     109
Governance for Ecological Integrity, Sustainable Ecosystem Function, and Public Health
Evolution of the Ecological Integrity Debate   David Manuel-Navarrete   James J. Kay   Dan Dolderman     127
Collective Decision-Making Bridging Public Health, Sustainability Governance, and Environmental Management   Valerie Brown     139
Toward Sustainable Environmental Governance in South Africa: Cooperative Environmental Governance and Integrated Environmental Management as Possible Solutions to Fragmentation   Louis J. Kotze     155
A Sense of Possibility: What Does Governance for Health and Ecological Sustainability Look like?   Daniel Rainham   Ian McDowell   Daniel Krewski     171
Covenants and Respect for All Life, Public-Good, and Traditional Knowledge
The Earth Charter, Ethics, and Global Governance   Brendan Mackey     197
The Copenhagen Consensus: A Global Public-Good Perspective Comparing the Earth Charter with Other Recent Declarations   Philippe Crabbe     209
Intergenerational Sustainability and Traditional Knowledge in Africa: The Natural Resource Management Perspective   Yemi Oke     227
Focus (a): Governance amid Ideological Influences in a Globalizing World
The Ominous Rise of Ideological Think Tanks in Environmental Policy-Making   Donald A. Brown     243
Cutting CO[subscript 2] Emissions in the Atmosphere: A Realistic Goal or a Mere Utopian Ideal?   Giulio De Leo   Marino Gatto     257
Ecological Governance at Work: A Community Challenge to Genetically Modified Organisms   Prue E. Taylor     269
Focus (b): Rights to Food and Water
The Future: World Population and Food Security   David Pimentel   Marcia Pimentel     285
Refining International Water Law   Joseph W. Dellapenna     299
Water as a Human Right: The Sri Lankan Experience   Ruana Rajepakse     311
Cooperation in Promoting Ecological Integrity and Socioeconomic Justice in Marine Fisheries: European Community-West African Relations   Emma Witbooi     321
Focus (c): Social Forces at Play in Environmental and Human Catastrophes
The Institutionalized Use of Force in Economic Development: With Special Reference to the World Bank   Robert Goodland     339
Globalization and the Degradation of Rural Livelihoods: A Comparative Study of Mexico and Vietnam under Trade Liberalization   Jack P. Manno   Thanh Vo     355
A Toolkit for Ecoepidemiological Enquiry under Global Ecological Change   Brian D. Ladd   Colin L. Soskolne     369
Focus (d): The Rights of Children: Health and the Culture Environment
The Culture Environment: Implications for Public Health, Human Rights, and Ecological Sustainability   Rose A. Dyson     385
The Child's Rights to Health and the Role of the World Health Organization   Laura Westra     397
Conclusions: Challenging Our Individual and Collective Thinking about Sustainability   Colin L. Soskolne   Louis J. Kotze   Brendan Mackey   William E. Rees     413
The Earth Charter     425
Index     433
About the Contributors     449

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