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Is more ecomic growth the solution? Will it deliver prosperity and well-being for a global population projected to reach nine billion? In this explosive book, Tim Jackson - a top sustainability adviser to the UK government - makes a compelling case against continued ecomic growth in developed nations. No one denies that development is essential for poorer nations. But in the advanced ecomies there is mounting evidence that ever-increasing consumption adds little to human happiness and may even impede it. More urgently, it is w clear that the ecosystems that sustain our ecomies are collapsing under the impacts of rising consumption. Unless we can radically lower the environmental impact of ecomic activity - and there is evidence to suggest that we can - we will have to devise a path to prosperity that does t rely on continued growth. Ecomic heresy? Or an opportunity to improve the sources of well-being, creativity and lasting prosperity that lie outside the realm of the market? Tim Jackson provides a credible vision of how human society can flourish i'1/2 within the ecological limits of a finite planet. Fulfilling this vision is simply the most urgent task of our times. This book is a substantially revised and updated version of Jackson's controversial study for the Sustainable Development Commission, an advisory body to the UK Government. The study rapidly became the most downloaded report in the Commission's nine year history when it was launched earlier this year.
Tim Jackson is Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey and Director of RESOLVE. He also directs the follow-on project: the Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group (SLRG).
Taylor & Francis Ltd
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Economics: Professional & General
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