A New Name for Peace: International Environmentalism, by Philip Shabecoff

By Philip Shabecoff

Development at the starting place of his seriously acclaimed A Fierce eco-friendly fireplace (1993), which supplied a sweeping evaluation of the yankee environmental circulate, Philip Shabecoff now strikes to a considerate survey of overseas environmentalism. The annals of foreign cooperation to maintain the surroundings and make sure sustainable monetary improvement are fresh and short. merely in the final 30 years, because the results of human overconsumption became obvious, have foreign agencies, nationwide governments, and environmental teams began targeting the commercial and ecological ramifications of plundering the Earth's assets. Shabecoff, former leader environmental correspondent for the hot York instances, presents a close background of overseas environmentalism from the beginnings of an international environmental ethic to an inside of view of diplomatic negotiations in the back of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit. He analyzes Rio's successes and screw ups and examines either around the world and native proposals that deal with environmental and financial demanding situations now not mentioned at Rio. in simple terms by means of dealing with and overcoming some of these demanding situations, he says, can the worldwide group identify a peace equipped on mutual deal with the planet and accountability for the health and wellbeing of others with whom we percentage it.

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Governments have long since recognized that environmental dangers do not respect national borders, no matter how well fortified. A growing number of businesspeople and economists now agree that, to sustain economic growth over the long run, resources will have to be better husbanded and the real costs of pollution will have to be accounted for. Scientists and engineers are acknowledging that their work can have unintended destructive effects on the natural world, effects that can have profound consequences for the future of both nature and humans.

18 Page 9 <><><><><><><><><><><><> This is not, however, a book about problems. It is about how people and governments, educated by science and prodded by an emerging global environmental movement, have gradually come to recognize the threat to the natural world and to themselves as a result of human activity; how our institutions, laws, politics, diplomacy, economics, science, and the broad society have respondedor have not respondedto this slowly dawning awareness; where we stand in the last years of the twentieth century; and the prospects for altering the present collision course and meeting the challenge of creating an ecologically rational, prosperous, and just global economy and a new system of collective security among nations.

I am a journalist, not an academic. In my early chapters on environmental history, economics, science, and diplomacy, I rely heavily on works by Hayward R. , Edith Weiss Brown, Janet Welsh Brown, Lynton Keith Caldwell, Nazli Choucri, Robert Costanza, Herman Daly, Peter M. Haas, David Lowenthal, John McCormick, John Passmore, David Pearce, Clive Ponting, Gareth Porter, Gwyn Pryns, Caroline Thomas, and Donald Worster, among many other distinguished scholars. The rest of the book is based chiefly, but not entirely, on my own reporting.

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