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By Hugh Atkinson, Ros Wade

The demanding situations we are facing in struggling with weather switch and construction a extra sustainable international are complicated and pressing. we don't have any alternative yet to make issues paintings for the higher: Earth is, finally, the one domestic now we have. targeting the way forward for humanity and of the planet itself, this well timed and obtainable booklet explores the hyperlinks among politics, studying, and sustainability that needs to be solid which will achieve assembly those demanding situations. because the individuals express, we have to lead to a basic swap within the approach we perform politics and economics, incorporating a lifelong dedication to sustainability in all studying. With frequent implications, this ebook might be very important studying for lecturers and scholars throughout numerous comparable fields, together with politics, public coverage, schooling, sustainable improvement, geography, media, and foreign relations.

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The social consequences of this are immense. As the report cogently argues:‘The hidden crisis in education in conflict affected states is a global challenge that demands an international response’ (UNESCO, 2011a, p 6). Energy policy Central to any transformative change in the way we do economics is energy; not just the type of energy we use, but how efficient we are in its usage. As Abramsky (2010, p 78) has noted: ‘the world stands at what is likely to be its last window of opportunity to shift toward a sustainable energy system and avoid the full impact of the crises being fuelled by conventional energy industries’.

A topdown political approach will not work. Political will may seem to be in short supply at the moment, but, as Flavin and Engelman (2009, p 8) have cogently argued, it is ‘a renewable resource’. It is true that in seeking to combat climate change, politicians face a real dilemma. We need to move to what Jackson has described as ‘prosperity without growth’ (Jackson, 2011). Politicians need to shift the terms of the debate, so that meeting the challenge of climate change is not seen in negative terms, but instead viewed as a real opportunity to build a more sustainable and fulfilling way of life.

For example, there is some evidence, as Jackson (2011, p 69) points out, that there has been an increased efficiency in the use of resources for each unit of economic output, leading to ‘declining [carbon] emission densities’. Jackson (2011, p 68) describes such a process as ‘relative decoupling’. The problem is that as economic output has increased globally, so has the overall scale of carbon dioxide emissions. There is simply no evidence of ‘absolute decoupling’. For Jackson (2011, p 76), decoupling as an approach to deal with the ‘dilemma of growth’ is ‘fundamentally flawed’.

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