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China Sustainable Development Strategy Report 2011. Greening the Economic Transformation
¤ CAS Sustainable Development Strategy Study Group, CHEN Shaofeng, 王毅 Wang Yi ¤ 9 May 2011
The world is in the most crucial period of transition in the 21st century, in which the future of human civilization will depend on our choice today. China has become the second largest economy in the world and, in terms of both its size and achievements, has increasingly deep impact on global socio-economic development and pattern. In the meantime, the rising China has been facing more and more international conflicts and development issues. In the context of changing global circumstances, (...) read more

Beyond the Growth Paradigm: Creating a Unified Progressive Politics
¤ Great Transition Initiative, James Gustave Speth ¤ 8 May 2011
The US political economy is failing across a broad Front. – environmental, social, economical, and political. Deep, systemic change is needed to transition to a new economy, one where the acknowledged priority is to sustain human and natural communities. Policies are available to effect this transformation and to temper economic growth and consumerism while simultaneously improving social well-being and quality of life, but a new politics involving a coalescence of progressive communities is (...) read more

China: Sustainable Development Strategy Report 2009
¤ 王毅 Wang Yi ¤ 27 August 2009
Climate change has become the most significant environment and development challenge to human society in the twenty-first century. Responding to climate change is the core task to achieve global sustainable development, both for today and for a rather long period of time from today. International negotiations on prevention of global warming and related actions not only concern the human living environment, but also have a direct impact on the modernization process of (...) read more

What Brazil and What Amazonia Does the World Need?
¤ Cândido Grzybowski ¤ 21 May 2008
Facing the threat of a world organized by relations that destroy life and generate exclusion, inequalities, and violence, we need to think about how to build a fair, global society rooted in both diversity and solidarity. From the standpoint of Brazil, an emerging global power, but threatened by a huge social divide, and from that of Amazonia, the planet’s lung, which the market in its blindness is seeking to possess and wipe out, this paper sets out a few proposals for change base on the (...) read more

Towards a Global Political-Economic Architecture of Environmental Space
¤ Ton Bührs ¤ November 2007
The concept of environmental space (ES) has been put forward as a means of operationalising sustainability. Based on three tenets, the recognition of environmental limits, a strong equity principle, and a focus on resource consumption, the ES approach offers a cognitive framework for a comprehensive and integrated approach to environmental/resource policy and management. With growing concerns about mounting environmental pressures and looming ecological and resource scarcity, it offers also (...) read more

Negative Growth or Sustainable Development?
¤ Guillaume Duval ¤ 5 December 2004
Extreme-climate instances are on the increase, waste is accumulating, groundwater is running out or is polluted, oil is going to become scarce, and controlling it is the cause of increasingly violent conflicts, whether in Iraq or in Chechnya. At the same time, the capacity of the current economic system to meet social needs is increasingly disputed. Global inequalities are becoming deeper, and if part of Asia is coming out of underdevelopment, it is doing so by adopting a lifestyle that (...) read more

"Negative Growth": Rebirth of a Revolutionary Concept
¤ Mathieu Auzanneau ¤ 29 March 2004
The idea of negative growth dates back to the beginning of the 1970s, about 20 years before the emergence of the concept of "sustainable development." It is a radical critique of the principle of constant growth of global income, in other words GDP growth, on which the entire current economic order is founded. The central argument of this critique: all the raw materials and the energy consumed today are lost for future generations. Rich countries must therefore consume a lot less in (...) read more

Globalization, Post-materialism and Threefolding
¤ Nicanor Perlas ¤ 26 September 2002
The author defines threefolding as a holistic approach to world governance, reflecting the different kinds of interaction between the three realms of society and the key institutions representing them (corporations, state, and civil society). The different stages of threefolding are established on the basis of the actors’ different stances and mutual interactions, categorized according to their visions of the world as "Jihad" (religious fundamentalists), "McWorld" (materialistic neoliberals) (...) read more

Great Transition: The Promise and Lure of the Times Ahead
¤ Tariq Banuri, Gilberto Gallopín, Pablo Gutman, Al Hammond, Robert Kates, Rob Swart, Paul Raskin ¤ August 2002
This path-breaking book presents a fresh vision for a sustainable world. It describes the historic roots, current dynamics, future perils, and alternative pathways for world development. It advances one of these paths, Great Transition, as the preferred route, identifying strategies, agents of change, and values for a new global agenda. The planetary phase of history has begun, its ultimate shape profoundly uncertain. Will global development veer toward a world of impoverished people, (...) read more

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