This book is a clear and vigorous 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. Lipietz argues that, at the end of the twentieth 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, he 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.
Argued with great force and conviction, Green Hopes should be read by anyone concerned with contemporary politics and with the key problems facing the world community today.show more