At the Edge: Sustainable Development in the 21st Century by Ann DaleAt the Edge: Sustainable Development in the 21st Century by Ann Dale

At the Edge: Sustainable Development in the 21st Century

byAnn Dale, Stuart B. Hill

Paperback | January 1, 2002

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At the Edge is a rich and evocative call to action at atime when new ideas are urgently needed. Mandatory reading for policyanalysts and decision makers in the public, private, and volunteersectors, it will be equally useful to scholars, teachers, students, andothers interested in creating sustainable societies. Throughout theworld, biophysical evidence is mounting that human growth and activitypatterns are slowly destroying the earth. This ecological deteriorationis accompanied by similar social and economic decline, with potentiallygrave consequences for the continued existence of human societies.

Yet, as Ann Dale compassionately argues, it is not too late to takeaction. Hope lies in sustainable development -- the fundamental humanimperative of the 21st century. Sustainable development, in Dale'sview, is the process of reconciling three imperatives: the ecological,the social, and the economic. Equitable access to resources in allthree spheres is fundamental to the global realization of sustainabledevelopment. This will not be realized without strong leadership bygovernments at all levels. Ultimately needed is a new framework forgovernance based on human responsibility and a recognition of theinterconnectedness of human and natural systems.

Ann Dale is a Professor in the Science, Technology, and Environment Division at Royal Roads University. She is also a founding Senior Associate of the Sustainable Development Research Institute at the University of British Columbia, Chair of the Canadian Consortium for Sustainable Development Research, and Executive Coordinator,...
Title:At the Edge: Sustainable Development in the 21st CenturyFormat:PaperbackPublished:January 1, 2002Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0774808373

ISBN - 13:9780774808378

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Table of Contents



1. The Context

2. Paradigms, Myths, and Metaphors

3. Sustainable Development Imperatives

4. Ecological Imperatives

5. Social Imperatives

6. Economic Imperatives

7. Solitudes, Silos, and Stovepipes

8. Reconciliation

9. Dialogue and Governance

10. Conclusions

11. Reflections




Editorial Reviews

This book represents a remarkable achievement. It contains a sweeping grasp of the literature on both Canadian policy and sustainable development and presents a compelling picture of the need to act quickly to preserve our country’s natural heritage as well as that of the planet. - Professor Frances Westley, Faculty of Management, McGill University