All too often, discussions of sustainability focus on progress in developing nations rather than on the changes that must be made in already industrialized nations. Ensuring that the developing world not repeat past mistakes is of the utmostMoreAll too often, discussions of sustainability focus on progress in developing nations rather than on the changes that must be made in already industrialized nations.
Ensuring that the developing world not repeat past mistakes is of the utmost importance, but creating sustainable development is truly a global issue. The United States is the worlds single largest economy, the largest user of natural resources, the largest producer and consumer of energy, and the largest producer of carbon dioxide pollution. Without improvement at home, efforts to bring about environmental improvement abroad will have little effect.
Choosing a Sustainable Future represents a broad vision of the future. Its overarching ideals are firmly supported by specific and detailed policy initiatives. It emphasizes that economic well-being and environmental health, far from being contradictory goals, are mutually reinforcing since they must be pursued simultaneously if either one is to be achieved. The book begins with a general overview of the concept of sustainable development and follows with an examination of the tools available to encourage sustainability: technology, economic incentives, environmental awareness, and governance.
Focusing on sectors of the economy that can be influenced directly by public policy, the Commission proposes specific initiatives that will increase energy efficiency, promote the development of new energy technologies, encourage pollution prevention, foster more sensible and appropriate land use, and reorient international policy initiatives toward sustainability. Choosing a Sustainable Future defines the components of sustainable development and offers realistic recommendations for steps that must be taken if we are to move beyond our present condition. It reflects the collective wisdom of a broad spectrum of highly influential leaders in both the public and private sectors and represents an invaluable resource for anyone involved with environmental policymakin