from Lester, R. Brown, Denis Trierweiler (Translator)
Language: French Publisher: Seuil (September 5, 2003) Collection: Human economy Format: Paperback - 437 pages
If the Chinese were to consume as much paper and cars as the Americans, China alone would use more wood and oil than the world is capable of producing. We know that the generalization of our growth model is materially impossible. But today, more than an inevitable shortage of natural resources, specialists especially fear that we are still able to consume enough to make the planet unlivable. Can we escape the ecological impasse into which a mode of development based on accumulation and material consumption leads us?
Radical environmentalists maintain that the only way out is to embark on the path of "decay" as quickly as possible. Do we really have to give up international transportation, department stores, the fridge and the cell phone to survive? This is in reality the vital question of the XNUMXst century. Although uncompromising on the dead ends of our development mode, this book opens an alternative to decline and delivers a whiff of credible optimism.
If we accept the mental revolution which consists in rethinking the economy according to the environment, and not vice versa, we already have the technical means necessary for sustainable development. New technologies, renewable and non-polluting energies, city policies, reforestation, among others, are all avenues that are now known, experienced and mastered, which are shaping the road to an eco-economy, an ecological and sustainable economy. . This book draws the map and the instructions for such a route
Lester R. Brown is one of the world’s recognized pioneers in sustainability research. He founded and chaired the famous World Watch Institute which annually publishes The State of the Planet published in more than 30 languages. He is now President of the Earth Policy Institute.