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Treasures of the Earth: Need, Greed, and a Sustainable Future

Treasures of the Earth: Need, Greed, and a Sustainable Future

by Saleem H Ali Saleem H Ali
ISBN-10:
0300167822
ISBN-13:
9780300167825
Pub. Date:
09/28/2010
Publisher:
Yale University Press
ISBN-10:
0300167822
ISBN-13:
9780300167825
Pub. Date:
09/28/2010
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Treasures of the Earth: Need, Greed, and a Sustainable Future

Treasures of the Earth: Need, Greed, and a Sustainable Future

by Saleem H Ali Saleem H Ali

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A pioneering exploration of human wants and needs and the natural resources we consume.

Would the world be a better place if human societies were somehow able to curb their desires for material goods? Saleem Ali's pioneering book lin



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ISBN-13: 9780300167825
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 09/28/2010
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Saleem H. Ali is professor of environmental studies at the University of Vermont and serves on the adjunct faculty of the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. He was chosen in 2007 by Seed magazine as one of eight Revolutionary Minds in the World for his work on using the environment to help resolve conflicts, and in 2010 was named by the National Geographic Society as an Emerging Explorer.

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Muhammad Yunus

This book provides a welcome linkage between environmental behavior and poverty alleviation. Ali's call for harnessing the earth's resources efficiently and equitably deserves to be heeded by all sectors of society and used as a means of spurring innovations towards sustainable development.(Muhammad Yunus; Founder, Grameen Bank; Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, 2006)

John Gowdy

This compelling narrative about the social, economic, and environmental effects of the quest for mineral wealth shows the human impulse of ‘acquisitiveness.’ Ali distinguishes between ‘needs’ and ‘wants’ to develop the links between consumption, environmental degradation, and human well-being.(John Gowdy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

R. K. Pachauri

This book deals with equity and ethical dimensions of production and consumption across the planet—issues that are likely to become a growing source of tension between different countries. Hence, knowledge about how treasures of the earth should be utilized equitably would help in framing appropriate policies for the future.(R. K. Pachauri, Director General, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), and Chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Along with former Vice President Al Gore, the IPCC under Dr. Pachauri's Chairmanship was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for the year 2007)

Thomas Graedel

The history of human relationships with Earth's resources is an important story and Ali tells it from an extraordinarily wide perspective. The interaction of our fascination with these materials and the implications of consumption behavior for the environment deserves the attention that Ali gives it in this quest to understand the psychology of treasure-seeking."-Thomas Graedel, Yale University

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