1 Sustainability and Time 13
2 The Geography of Sustainability 39
3 Ecological Resilience and Environmental Health 65
4 Technological Solutions and Their Problems 90
5 The Political and Legal Challenge 115
6 Sustaining Economies 142
7 Culture and Change 168
Select Bibliography 218
"A valuable resource for students in a broad range of courses, including environmental studies and related areas, as well as general readers keen to grapple with one of the most pressing issues of our times."
Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment
"This is the most readable book about sustainability I know. Leslie Paul Thiele has synthesized a vast and complex set of ideas and made them coherent and accessible. Anyone wishing to know what sustainability is all about should read this book."
Robert Costanza, Portland State University
"Non-sustainability has become the very condition of our existence on this planet, whether it be ecological, economic or social. The search for sustainability is a survival imperative. But sustainability is an amoeba word which can mean what we want it to mean. Thiele’s book takes us beyond semantic debates to take up the challenge of adaptation and change. As he puts it, 'sustainability can only be pursued by way of cultural creativity grounded in learning.'"
- An accessible guide to the contested meanings of an increasingly central concept
- Contextualises sustainability in terms of economic, legal, cultural and technological change
- Argues that genuine sustainability requires innovation as much as conservation
- Will be of interest to a wide readership interested in ecological issues