Sustaining Life on Earth: Environmental and Human Health Through Global Governance

Colin Lionel Soskolne, Laura Westra, Louis J. Kotzé, William E. Rees, Brendan Mackey
Lexington Books, 2008 - 459 pages
As global warming, famine, and environmental catastrophes have become daily news items, achieving a sustainable environment to maintain the future of life on Earth has become a global concern. Sustaining Life on Earth is an important contribution toward assessing such problems and making the Earth hospitable to life for generations to come. With an interdisciplinary team of international scholars, this masterfully edited collection approaches the problems facing sustainability from a perspective of global governance. To date, powerful economic forces have misguided decision-making processes in favor of short-term gain rather than long-term sustainability. As global awareness has increased and individual citizens have begun to alter their lifestyles to be more environmentally conscious, it is also necessary for governing bodies to take these concerns seriously. Sustaining Life on Earth makes the case that, for all the recent neo-liberal emphasis on the autonomous individual, humanity has collective problems, and it is only through collective action that solutions will be found. It shows that the global community is beginning to acknowledge the interdependencies among population, affluence, and technology. In the book, analysts from many disciplines advance solutions that could shift us away from growth-bound status quo development approaches toward more ecologically responsible and socially equitable ways of living. They suggest ways to move forward that would ensure health and well-being for all in both present and future generations. While success necessarily entails many changes at all levels, the book highlights one soft-law instrument that reflects many of the values and principles necessary to set humanity onto a sustainable path: The Earth Charter of 2002. Sustaining Life on Earth is a ground-breaking contribution to the burgeoning study of sustainability. Designed for a general non-specialist readership in the first year of university or beyond, this book will be of intere

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Table des matières

Global and Local Contexts as Evidence for Concern
Institutions for Global Governance
A Covenant of Covenants A Federal Vision of Global Governance for the Twentyfirst Century
Market Society and Ecological Integrity Theory and Practice
A Full Spectrum Integrity Index of Nations
Linkages among Globalization Human Rights and Health
Toward Sustainability with Justice Are Human Nature and History on Side?
Protecting Society from Itself Reconnecting Ecology and Economy
Cutting CO₂ Emissions in the Atmosphere A Realistic Goal or a Mere Utopian Ideal?
Ecological Governance at Work A Community Challenge to Genetically Modified Organisms
The Future World Population and Food Security
Refining International Water Law
Water as a Human Right The Sri Lankan Experience
Cooperation in Promoting Ecological Integrity and Socioeconomic Justice in Marine Fisheries European CommunityWest African Relations
The Institutionalized Use of Force in Economic Development With Special Reference to the World Bank
Globalization and the Degradation of Rural Livelihoods A Comparative Study of Mexico and Vietnam under Trade Liberalization

Strong Sustainability and Environmental Policy Justification and Implementation
Evolution of the Ecological Integrity Debate
Collective DecisionMaking Bridging Public Health Sustainability Governance and Environmental Management
Toward Sustainable Environmental Governance in South Africa Cooperative Environmental Governance and Integrated Environmental Management...
A Sense of Possibility What Does Governance for Health and Ecological Sustainability Look like?
The Earth Charter Ethics and Global Governance
The Copenhagen Consensus A Global PublicGood Perspective Comparing the Earth Charter with Other Recent Declarations
Intergenerational Sustainability and Traditional Knowledge in Africa The Natural Resource Management Perspective
The Ominous Rise of Ideological Think Tanks in Environmental PolicyMaking
A Toolkit for Ecoepidemiological Enquiry under Global Ecological Change
The Culture Environment Implications for Public Health Human Rights and Ecological Sustainability
The Childs Rights to Health and the Role of the World Health Organization
Challenging Our Individual and Collective Thinking about Sustainability
The Earth Charter
About the Contributors
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Colin L. Soskolne is professor of epidemiology at the University of Alberta.
Laura Westra is professor emeritus of philosophy at University of Windsor. She also holds a doctorate of law from York University.
Louis J. Kotzé is associate professor of environmental law at North-West University in South Africa.
Brendan Mackey is professor of plant ecology at the Australian National University.
William E. Rees is professor of population ecology at the University of British Columbia.
Richard Westra is assistant professor of political science at Pukyong National University in South Korea.

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