Introduction to Sustainable Development

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Introduction to Sustainable Development

About the book

Sustainable development is increasingly identified as more of a necessity than an option or luxury. Being multidisciplinary in nature, it requires the knowledge of scientific, economic and social sides of problems and their solutions, and how they interact. This book presents a critical account of the strengths and weaknesses in the pursuit of sustainability, with special reference to the developing world perspective. It motivates readers to work towards making truly inclusive and environmentally sustainable choices. It also inspires them to be engaged as ‘change-makers’ for more sustainable types of development in their families, companies and communities. The book is divided into three parts. Part 1 makes the case for sustainable development and paints the overall vision; Part 2 presents the stakeholders and tools that are needed in the transition to a sustainable future and Part 3 contains application areas that help the reader see how the previous parts come to play a role in the major issues of contemporary times.

Key Features: 

  • Critically links sustainable development goals with technology, infrastructure as well as human behaviour and institutions.
  • Follows thematic presentation across chapters to enable understanding of sustainability in the context of history, worldviews and the transition.
  • Applies four worldviews to the theme of every chapter to encourage readers recognise different perspectives and enable them to form their own opinion. 
  • Discusses behavioural action and attitudes to help students investigate their own values and motivation.