Green Planet Blues: Critical Perspectives on Global Environmental Politics by Ken ConcaGreen Planet Blues: Critical Perspectives on Global Environmental Politics by Ken Conca

Green Planet Blues: Critical Perspectives on Global Environmental Politics

EditorKen Conca, Geoffrey D. Dabelko

Paperback | July 29, 2014

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Revised and updated throughout, this unique anthology examines global environmental politics from a range of perspectives (contemporary and classic, activist and scholarly) and reflects voices of the powerless and powerful. Paradigms of sustainability, environmental security, and ecological justice illustrate the many ways environmental problems and their solutions are framed in contemporary international debates about climate, water, forests, toxics, energy, food, biodiversity, and other environmental challenges of the twenty-first century. Organized thematically, the selections offer a truly global scope. Seventeen new readings discuss climate justice, environmental peacebuilding, globalization, land grabs, corporate environmentalism, climate adaptation, gender, disaster risk, resilience, and the future of global environmental politics in the wake of the 'Rio+20' global summit of 2012.

This book stresses the underlying questions of power, interests, authority, and legitimacy that shape environmental debates, and it provides readers with a global range of perspectives on the critical challenges facing the planet and its people.

Ken Conca is Professor of International Relations and Director of the Global Environmental Politics Program at American University. He is the author and editor of several books on global environmental politics, global governance, peacebuilding, and the politics of water. Geoffrey D. Dabelko is a professor and Director of Environmen...
Title:Green Planet Blues: Critical Perspectives on Global Environmental PoliticsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:July 29, 2014Publisher:Avalon PublishingLanguage:English

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Table of Contents


Introduction: From Stockholm to Sustainability? Ken Conca and Geoffrey D. Dabelko

Part One: The Debate Begins

1. The Limits to Growth, Donella H. Meadows, Dennis L. Meadows, Jørgen Randers, and William W. Behrens III
2. Environment and Development: The Case of the Developing Countries, João Augusto de Araujo Castro
3. The Tragedy of the Commons, Garrett Hardin
4. Redefining National Security, Lester R. Brown
5. Beyond the Tragedy of the Commons, Xavier Basurto and Elinor Ostrom
6. The 1992 Earth Summit: Reflections on an Ambiguous Event, Ken Conca and Geoffrey D. Dabelko
7. Fight for the Forest, Chico Mendes (with Tony Gross)
8. Two Agendas on Amazon Development, Coordinating Body for the Indigenous Peoples’ Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA)

Part Two: Ecology and the Structure of the International System

9. Rethinking the Ecology-Sovereignty Debate, Ken Conca
10. Globalization and the Environment: Lessons from the Americas, Working Group on Development and Environment in the Americas
11. Nobel Lecture, Wangari Maathai
12. Climate Justice: A New Social Movement for Atmospheric Rights, Jethro Pettit

Part Three: Institutions of Global Environmental Governance

13. Governance with Multilateral Environmental Agreements: A Healthy or Ill-Equipped Fragmentation? Norichika Kanie
14. A Participatory Approach to Strategic Planning, Richard E. Bissell
15. Life after Rio, Mark Halle
16. The Rio+20 Summit and its Follow Up, Martin Khor

Part Four: The Sustainability Debate

17. Towards Sustainable Development, World Commission on Environment and Development
18. Sustainable Development: A Critical Review, Sharachchandra M. Lélé
19. The New Business Imperative: Valuing Natural Capital, Corporate Eco Forum and The Nature Conservancy
20. The Problem of Consumption, Peter Dauvergne
21. Urban Sustainability and Resilience: Why We Need to Focus on Scales, Thomas Elmqvist,

Part Five: From Ecological Conflict to Environmental Security?

22. An Uncommon Peace: Environment, Development, and the Global Security Agenda, Geoffrey D. Dabelko
23. From Conflict to Peacebuilding: The Role of Natural Resources and the Environment, United Nations Environment Programme
24. The Case against Linking Environmental Degradation and National Security, Daniel Deudney
25. Environmental Peacebuilding Theory and Practice, EcoPeace/Friends of the Earth Middle East
26. The Violence of Development, Balakrishnan Rajagopal
27. Climate Change at the UN Security Council: Conceptual and Procedural Controversies, Joe Thwaites

Part Six: Ecological Justice

28. The Relationship between Climate Change and Human Rights, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
29. Gender, Disaster Risk Reduction, and Climate Change Adaptation: A Learning Companion, Oxfam
30. Coercing Conservation, Nancy Lee Peluso
31. The Real Price of Europe Going Green, Silas Kpanan’Ayoung Siakor
32. REDD: An Introduction, REDD Monitor
33. Inequality and Environmental Policy, Joseph E. Stiglitz


Editorial Reviews

"This is the best and most lively introduction to the study of global environmental politics. The editors have assembled a rich and diverse array of voices that capture all of the key ideas, actors, conflicts and themes in this burgeoning field. The fourth edition of Green Planet Blues also confirms, yet again, the editors' finely honed skills in talent spotting." ¿Robyn Eckersley, Head of Political Science, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne "In this updated edition of their classic textbook, Conca and Dabelko have produced a volume that stimulates and challenges. The diverse views represented in the volume challenge orthodox thinking, making for stimulating reading and class discussion. Where other volumes often present a consolidated view of the dominant thinking (or at least the dominant view in the U.S.), this volume provides readers with a much broader view of the perspectives of individuals and institutions shaping the dynamic of global environmental politics. Moreover, the fourth edition reflects recent trends and new knowledge, notably in globalization and peacebuilding as well as more broadly. It is essential reading to understanding the dynamics shaping international environmental law and institutions now and in the foreseeable future." ¿Carl Bruch, Senior Attorney and Codirector of International Programs, Environmental Law Institute "The diverse views challenge orthodox ways of thinking about environmental issues and make for stimulating reading." ¿Choice "Awareness of the degradation of our planet and the need for urgent international action should be the top priority of us all. As such I earnestly commend Green Planet Blues. Keep it on your bookshelf and dip into it regularly." ¿London School of Economics Book Review Praise for prior editions: "As a professor of environment and development, I would be lost without Conca and Dabelko's Green Planet Blues. This edition builds gracefully from the must-read classics of the 1970s to today's need-to-know issues¿such as globalization, the WTO, and the role of local and global civil society. Using a political economy lens to bring together a multiplicity of voices, Conca and Dabelko have assembled a spectacular volume." ¿Dr. Robin Broad, American University