Increasingly, environmental decision making is like playing a multidimensional game of chess. With interactions between the atmosphere, the litho-hydrosphere, and the biosphere, the game is at once a measure of complexity, uncertainty, interdisciplinary acuity, social-environmental sustainability, and social justice for all generations. As such, it demands a systemic point of view. Decision Making for a Sustainable Environment: A Systemic Approach gives readers the tools to replace the dysfunctional, symptomatic decision making that has plunged the world into environmental crises with a systemic approach that fosters social-environmental sustainability.
A New Paradigm for Environmental Decision Making
Based on the author's more than 45 years of research and broad, international experience, this book guides policy makers and managers to work with-rather than within-theoretical and methodological frameworks to achieve multidimensional and multilayered policy decisions. It discusses systemic thinking as a rational, viable alternative to competitive, materialistic, and symptomatic decision making.
Insights, Approaches, and Examples for Leadership
Organized into three parts, the book begins by describing the inviolable biophysical principles that define the limitations of human choices. The second part examines in depth why the conventional command-and-control form of decision making tends to become dysfunctional and fails. It also explains how to break the cycle of such behavior. A case study by Jessica K. La Porte explores the challenges of creating a program of environmentally sustainable decision making. The third part of the book explores what it takes to be a psychologically mature decision maker.
A Peaceful Path toward Social-Environmental Sustainability for All Generations
Proposing new ways of thinking and problem solving, this book provides readers with the ideas, language, approaches, and examples to move toward genuine social-environmental sustainability. It offers counsel on how to be a psychologically mature trustee of planet Earth and leave a more viable legacy for future generations.
"Decision Making for a Sustainable Environment is a challenging read on a whole range of levels. Deeply personal, deeply reflective, courageous, and atypically altruistic. If you find yourself in self-analysis while reading this book, then you have got the point. ... Not for the faint-hearted, [it] reminds us that humans have a power and responsibility to make wise decisions when it comes to sustaining the natural world that we are part of. The Earth is a complex place made more so by humans. Decision Making for a Sustainable Environment places the role of humans on the Earth in the right context: be humble, be respectful, and be aware." -Dr. Andrew W. Claridge, Senior Research Scientist, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Australia "[This book] provides ideas, language, approaches, and examples to move a place of employment, a government, or a community toward what Chris Maser calls 'psychological maturity for the social-environmental sake of all generations.' ... I am more ready to effect change in decision makers because of the lessons and wisdom and approach that Chris offers in this book." -From the foreword by D. Alexander Wait, Missouri State University, USA
Series: Social Environmental Sustainability
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 28th August 2012
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6 x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.612