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Fatal Consumption

Rethinking Sustainable Development

Taking the slogan "think globally, act locally" to heart, the contributors to Fatal Consumption are theoretical as well as practical. They conceptualize the policy analysis they provide, while also proposing useful tools for those charged with making decisions. Though specific in focus, the analysis in Fatal Consumption can be generalized to most North American urban areas. It offers both an understanding of the present and hope for a sustainable future, counterbalancing a discussion of the opportunities for change with a frank examination of the barriers to such change.

280 pages

Table of Contents


Introduction: Fatal Consumption (When Too Much Is Not Enough) / Robert F. Woollard

Part 1: The Global Reality of Sustainability

1. Ecological Footprints and the Pathology of Consumption / William E. Rees

2. Global Consumption from the Perspective of Population Health / Clyde Hertzman and Shona Kelly

3. Social Capital, Civil Society, and Social Transformation / Michael Carr

Part 2: The Box We Are In and Some Ways Out

4. What Is Stopping Sustainability? Examining the Barriers to Implementation of Clouds of Change / Jennie L. Moore

5. Integrating Economy, Society, and Environment Through Policy Assessment / Peter Boothroyd

6. Local versus Central Influences in Planning for Community Health / Lawrence W. Green and Jean A. Shoveller

Part 3: Case Examples and the Reason for Hope

7. The City of Richmond: Reflections on Sustainability in Action / Janette McIntosh and Robert F. Woollard

8. The BC Sawmill Industry: A Case Study of Community and Ecological Sustainability / Aleck Ostry

Conclusion: Working Together and the Prospect for Hope / Robert F. Woollard



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