Vanishing Borders: Protecting the Planet in the Age of Globalization

Vanishing Borders: Protecting the Planet in the Age of Globalization

by Hilary F. French
     
 

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A look at the profound implications of accelerating globalization for our planet's health, and a prescription for the action necessary to cope with this challenge.
Our world is shrinking fast: goods, money, microbes, pollution, people, and ideas are crossing borders with growing ease. National governments are ill-suited for tackling the problems that result,

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A look at the profound implications of accelerating globalization for our planet's health, and a prescription for the action necessary to cope with this challenge.
Our world is shrinking fast: goods, money, microbes, pollution, people, and ideas are crossing borders with growing ease. National governments are ill-suited for tackling the problems that result, from climate change, to the soaring trade in limited resource commodities like timber, to the management of regional water supplies. Hilary French argues that the only long-term solution to our environmental problems is a worldwide commitment to strengthening the international treaties and institutions essential for integrating ecological considerations into the still-nascent rules of global commerce. More than two hundred international environmental treaties already exist, but few of them stipulate stringent commitments and effective enforcement; and institutions such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organization continue to view environmental protection as a peripheral concern. But at the same time, new communications technologies are making it possible for nongovernmental organizations to mobilize powerful coalitions of private citizens to press for change, and some forward-thinking businesses have begun to support environmental codes of conduct and other international standards. Vanishing Borders provides people concerned about the future of the planet with a clear plan of action for ensuring environmental stability in the wake of globalization.

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KLIATT
When violence erupted in Seattle in November 1999, many news watchers wondered about its cause, wondered what was it about a group many Americans had never even heard of that could cause such protest. The World Trade Organization is an active participant in the ongoing shrinking of our planet. What seems only a potential beneficial erasure of national borders to increase economic stability is a thin cover over a myriad of complex issues. These issues are not just economic; they truly involve everything from clear cutting of forests in British Colombia to the spread of AIDS to the loss of species diversity due to mammoth agribusiness. Plant and animal species travel where they are not native, populations explode and are decimated and millions of dollars are made by a few. Ecological repercussions of all this have not been considered as they should be, and even the treaties and laws that are in place are not enforced properly. Non-governmental organizations have sprung up to fill the void where governments have looked away. Hilary French is vice president of the Worldwatch Institute, which produces the annual State of the World reports. In Vanishing Borders she has created a significant wake-up call to a world too busy to stop and think what all this trade really means. It is fact-filled, easy to read and quietly alarming. It's also potent enough to make everyone wish that airlines would stop issuing frequent flyer miles. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2000, Norton/Worldwatch Book, 257p, 21cm, $13.95. Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Katherine E. Gillen; Libn., Luke AFB Lib., AZ, July 2000 (Vol. 34 No. 4)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393320046
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/2000
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
270
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.61(d)

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Hilary F. French is vice president for research at the Worldwatch Institute in Washington, D.C.

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