Toward a Culture of Nature

Toward a Culture of Nature : Environmental Policy and Sustainable Development in Cuba

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In 1989, facing a grace shortage of petroleum, Cuba moved toward a more sustainable society and lighter ecological footprint by adopting renewable energy resources, organic agriculture, green medicine, strict environmental protection laws and incorporating environmental education and ethics into public education while maintaining a commitment to social development in health care and education to its people. 'Toward a 'Culture of Nature" rejuvenates the debate on sustainable development by linking social justice concerns with environmental protection.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 176 pages
  • 154.9 x 231.1 x 20.3mm | 385.55g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0739120239
  • 9780739120231

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Stricker's treatise on the 'greening' of Cuba is a must read for anyone interested in ecologically sustainable development, both organic and urban agriculture, 'green medicine,' environmental education, social and environmental justice, the challenges faced by contemporary Cuban society and the lessons to be learned from the implementation of sustainable development policies and alternative technologies on a national scale. Her book reveals how Cuba not only survived the economic and social effects of the collapse of the socialist bloc in the early 1990s but has prospered in recent years through the successful implementation of environmentally sustainable and organic forms of agriculture, innovative approaches to local food production, energy conservation, reliance on alternative sources of energy, the use of 'green' and other alternative forms of medicine, environmental education programs and a comprehensive legal framework for the protection of the environment and the monitoring of the ecological effects of foreign investment and tourism. -- Richard Harris, California State University Stricker's book is an excellent starting point for discussion, as well as an in-depth case study that makes an important contribution to a growing literature on sustainable development and enviornmental ethics. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, October 2008 In this useful study, Pamela Stricker delves into a little known aspect of the Cuban Revolution and looks at environmental policy as it impacts on evolving sustainable development. -- Ronald H. Chilcote, University of California, Riversideshow more

About Pamela Stricker

Pamela Stricker is assistant professor of political science at California State University, San Marcos.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Sustainable Development Chapter 3 Politics, Economics, and the Shift to Sustainable Agriculture Chapter 4 From Red to Green: Scientists, Politics, and Agriculture Chapter 5 Pursuing Energy and Medical Self-Sufficiency Chapter 6 Pearl of the Sea Chapter 7 Codifying Environmental Protection Chapter 8 Opening Pandora's Box Chapter 9 Greening the Curriculum Chapter 10 People, Nature, and Development from the Cuban Point of View Chapter 11 Lessonsshow more