Ecological Debt

Ecological Debt : The Health of the Planet and the Wealth of Nations

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Have you ever wondered what you can do to help stop global warming? To live in a way that is more beneficial to our planet? This book shows you how, in small but significant ways, you can make changes to the way you live that will help to preserve the balance of the environment and protect it for future generations. The author, Andrew Simms, is an expert in environmental policy, based at one of the world's leading think-tanks. In this short, accessible book, he illustrates the deeply harmful consequences of the West's totally unsustainable consumption patterns. He reviews the ecological consequences of climate change and the effect of global warming on developing countries. And he argues that the West has a huge ecological debt towards developing countries, much bigger than the financial debt of developing countries towards industrialised nations.He shows how, in order both to adapt to changing climate conditions and to pay back our debt to developing countries, we can rethink our lifestyles and how we think about 'progress' in a way that will sustain our environment and create a more balanced global society.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 124 x 196 x 14mm | 258.55g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 7photos
  • 0745324045
  • 9780745324043
  • 2,190,785

About Andrew Simms

Andrew Simms is Policy Director of the New Economics Foundation (a leading think-and-do tank in the UK working to create environmentally sound and socially just economies). Andrew is a regular contributor to the World Disasters Report and his articles are published regularly in British national newspapers such as the Guardian and the Financial Times. He is a regular commentator on BBC, commercial radio and television.
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Table of contents

1. A short walk to Venus; 2. The chemist's warning - A short history of global warming; 3. The Heaven bursters - Tuvalu and the fate of nations; 4. The great reversal of human progress; 5. Ecological debt; 6. The carbon debt; 7. Rationalising self-destruction (or why people are more stupid than frogs); 8. The car park at the end of the world; 9. Pay back time - the law, climate change and ecological debt; 10. Data for the doubtful - the lessons of war economies; 11. The new adjustment; 12. Minerva's Owl; Notes; Index
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Review quote

'Creative and compelling.' Guardian 'Essential reading.' --Head of the IPCC 'A new phrase has entered the language.' --Anita Roddick
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