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- DescriptionThe green movement aims at changing the human nature to preserve the environment. This book builds a terracotta movement that focuses on changing incentives to manage the environment. Terracotta means 'burnt earth,' and refers to earthenware made from this material. It is the creation of human action on a natural resource. Terracotta symbolises the philosophy that values natural resources, t in isolation, but in their relation to human beings. This relationship is t always extractive or consumptive, as the greens claim. It is often aesthetic, contemplative, and spiritual. All the varied relationships are netheless between humans and the ecology - and their complex interactions and interdependence. Theirs is a heroic mission to change human nature, ours is a human endeavour to create a better world by restructuring incentives. The green vision versus the terracotta vision! To provide material comforts we use material resources, leading to environmental problems. The greens' governmental approach of guns and guards has proven to be a dismal failure. Instead of rethinking the approach, they are determined to intensify it: more consciousness raising, stricter rules, harsher penalties. The terracotta approach relies on the incentives that come with resource ownership for prudent, sustainable management. The individual, family, and community owner-ship or stewardship provides right incentives. Government ownership leads to the tragedy of the collective.
- Author BiographyParth J Shah is founder president of Centre for Civil Society, New Delhi, a think tank for public policy solutions within the framework of rule of law, limited government, and competitive markets. The Livelihood Freedom Test, education vouchers, food stamps, community ownership of natural resources, ward-based urban management, Duty to Publish Act are some of the radical ideas he has introduced into public policy debate. Vidisha Maitra is a Research Associate at the Centre for Civil Society. Her experience at the Centre includes research on community forestry, ecosystem services of forests, decentralised water delivery systems, urban governance issues for the Centre's publication State of Governance: Delhi Citizen Handbook 2003, and co-coordination of the Research Internship Programme 2004. She holds a Masters degree in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics.
- PublisherAcademic Foundation
- Date of Publication30/04/2005
- SubjectEnvironment & Planning
- Place of PublicationGhaziabad
- Country of PublicationIndia
- ImprintAcademic Foundation
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- Weight850 g
- Width146 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine45 mm
- Edited byParth Shah,Vidisha Maitra
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