Green Hopes

Green Hopes : Future of Political Ecology

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This volume is a manifesto for political ecology - a "green" alternative to traditional political movements and doctrines. It examines the core values and principles which underline political ecology, as well as the key problems it must address if it is to become a force of hope for the future. The book argues that, at the end of the 20th century, the ideals of socialism and communism - the tremendous hopes of the labour movement passed down from generation to generation - are no longer able to express people's aspirations for change. This role, it suggests, can only be assumed under a new political banner: that of political ecology, a convergence of parties, groups and individuals, united in their desire for social, economic and political change, and based on a coherent system of values. In a world torn apart by conflicts and destruction, political ecology can restore hope by presenting itself, not merely as the guardian of a natural order threatened with extinction, but as the promoter of a different way of living together.
To save the planet and protect the rights of future generations, we must begin by rebuilding our society today and by developing the basic values of autonomy, solidarity and responsibility for life and for future generations.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 19.05mm | 340.19g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • notes
  • 074561325X
  • 9780745613253

Table of contents

Ecology without consciousness is body without soul; ecology and democracy; political ecology and the workers' movement - similarities and differences; the rise and fall of economic liberalism; ecology as post-socialist economic logic; from garden to planet; a modest internationalism; the North-South divide - reality or outmoded concept?; the Rio Conference and new North-South relations; pro-Europe means anti-Maastricht; and now... a fresh start; greens and others; political ecology - the urgent task.
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