The Bridge at the Edge of the World

The Bridge at the Edge of the World

Capitalism, the Environment, and Crossing From Crisis to Sustainability

Book - 2008
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Presents an analysis of modern capitalism and its impact on the global environmental crisis, and discusses how the transformation of current economic and political systems can lead to environmental sustainability.
Publisher: New Haven, Conn. : Yale University Press, c2008
ISBN: 9780300151152
Branch Call Number: 333.7 SPE NVD
Characteristics: xix, 295 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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Mar 30, 2013

Speth has read widely on the environment, government, and the economy to aggregate information into this book from other thinkers and writers. Although he introduces the important IPAT relationship (p. 112), on the one hand, he doesn't define the principles of sustainability (although they appear anonymously in his book p. 101), on the other hand so the book ends weakly without a well defined goal. Worse Speth thinks that we have years or decades to turn our situation around. Do we? The best part of this book are the endnotes that will direct curious readers to up-to-date sources on the themes of this book.


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Mar 30, 2013

"... And right now we're headed toward a ruined planet. ... down [the current business-as-usual] path and into the abyss.
But there is the other path, and it leads to a bridge across the abyss. We have been examining this bridge at the edge of the world and what is required to cross it. Of course, where the path forks will be the site of another struggle, a struggle that must be won even though we cannot see clearly what lies beyond the bridge. Yet in that struggle and in the crossing that will follow, we are carried forward by hope ... that a better world is possible and that we can build it. (p. 237)"

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