The World Commission on Environment and Development was established in 1983 at the instigation of the United Nations and under the chairmanship of Mrs Gro Harlem Brundtland of Norway. Its mandate was to explore the nature and possible consequences of the environmental threats that face mankind and to recommend measures to safeguard and improve the quality of life on earth in the future, taking into account the interrelationships between people, resources, environment and development. The commission concluded that provision for an acceptable future could only be made by the adoption of sustainable development as the working principle behind all future planning. In 1988, a year after the Commission's report was published, we organised a series of public lectures at Cambridge University to examine how politicians, industrialists, scientists and the public were responding to the report's recommendations and to the degradation that it highlighted. Some of the lectures were given media coverage, but the editors felt that a greater number of people than this reached, would benefit from the information and advice they gave.
Macmillan's agreement to publish and their request that more material be provided gave the editors the opportunity to find experts to cover important areas of response left untouched by the lectures. The resultant book is a compilation of responses that represent a wide variety of attitudes towards environmental matters and the idea of sustainable development. The core of the book is preceded by an introductory section which gives an outline of the science of the environmental threats involved, a history of environmentalism and an overview of the World Commission's objectives and recommendations.
Acknowledgements - List of Abbreviations - Notes on the Contributors - Preface; G.H.Brundtland - Introduction - THE BACKGROUND - Endangered Earth; S.S.Ramphal - Threatened Islands, Threatened Earth; Early Professional Science and the Historical Origins of Global Environmental Concerns; R.Grove - THREATS TO THE ENVIRONMENT - The Changing Climate and Problems of Prediction; S.H.Schneider - Acid Precipitation; M.Wilkinson & S.Woodin - Deforestation: a Botanists View; G.T.Prance - Agricultural Pollution: From Costs and Causes to Sustainable Practices; J.N.Pretty - Halocarbons and Stratospheric Ozone: a Warning from Antartica; J.C.Farman - INDIVIDUALS, SOCIETY AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - Changes in Perception; M.Holdgate - Religion and the Environment; D.Gosling - Industry and the Environment: A Question of Balance; C.Hampson - NATIONAL GOVERNMENTS AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - OECD Nations and Sustainable Development; C.Caccia - Common Future, Common Challenge: Aid Policy and the Environment; C.Patten - THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - The Brundtland Report, Environmental Advance and the European Community; S.C.Davis - The United Nations System and Sustainable Development; J.Perez de Cuellar - Diplomacy and Sustainable Development; C.Tickell - CONCLUSIONS - Interpreting the Signals; A.Norman - Sustainable Development: Meeting the Growth Imperative for the 21st Century; J.MacNeill
Number Of Pages: 226
Published: 2nd November 1990
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 2