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2016 Publications


  • Journey to Earthland: The Great Transition to Planetary Civilization

    Journey to Earthland: The Great Transition to Planetary Civilization

    Paul Raskin

    November 2016

    In our interdependent and dangerous century, an organic planetary civilization has become both a possibility and a necessity. The volume builds a conceptual framework for understanding the contemporary crisis, envisioning a desirable future, and acting collectively to get there.


  • Liberation Ecology
    Interview

    Liberation Ecology

    Leonardo Boff

    August 2016

    What role can theology play in changing how we see nature and each other? A founder of liberation theology discusses the movement's origins and the vital connections between ecology and social justice.


  • Toward Global Political Integration: Time for a World Parliamentary Assembly
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    Toward Global Political Integration: Time for a World Parliamentary Assembly

    Andreas Bummel

    August 2016

    We will need a democratic world government to adequately address shared planetary risks and opportunities in this century. A critical strategic step toward that end would be the formation of a global parliamentary assembly.


  • Reflections on Journey to Earthland

    Reflections on Journey to Earthland

    November 2016

    Insights from a diverse group of global thinkers, including Luis Cabrera, Joan Cocks, Maurie Cohen, Richard Falk, John Fullerton, Gilberto Gallopín, Evelin Lindner, Ann Mische, Anantha Prasad, Alioune Sall, Gus Speth, Mary Evelyn Tucker, and Sandra Waddock.

  • Against Ecocide: Legal Protection for Earth
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    Against Ecocide: Legal Protection for Earth

    Femke Wijdekop

    August 2016

    A movement is gaining traction to recognize the wanton destruction of nature by states and corporations as a crime under international law. The resistance will be fierce, but the emerging ecocentrism in law and citizen activism offers grounds for hope.

    With commentary by Rahul Goswami, Brian Henning, Paul Nieuwenhuis, Robert Paehlke, Linda Sheehan, Neera Singh, Pella Thiel, Tim Weiskel, and Allen White, and a response from the author.


  • A Higher Calling for Higher Education
    Essay

    A Higher Calling for Higher Education

    Cristina Escrigas

    June 2016

    Higher education institutions are beset by forces of marketization and internationalization amidst a rapidly changing world. The potential for the university to become a transformative agent, however, still exists—if it can transform itself pedagogically, epistemologically, and politically.

    Commentary by a select group of academics and educators, and a response from the author.


  • Democratizing Science in an Age of Uncertainty
    Interview

    Democratizing Science in an Age of Uncertainty

    Jerome Ravetz

    June 2016

    A founder of science and society studies recounts his intellectual journey and explains how the doctrine of predictive science has limited applicability to today’s vexing challenges. We need a “post-normal science” that acknowledges inherent risk, indeterminism, and the relevance of human values and interests.


  • Towards a Sustainable University
    Review

    Towards a Sustainable University

    Anthony Cortese

    June 2016

    Countless universities are exploring ways of incorporating sustainability into their curriculum, research, and practice. The Arizona State University experiment described in Designing the New American University has been at the cutting edge. But does it go far enough?


  • Farming for a Small Planet: Agroecology Now
    Essay

    Farming for a Small Planet: Agroecology Now

    Frances Moore Lappé

    April 2016

    The industrial agriculture system is broken. It is past time to move toward a new model—agroecology—for the sake of our environment, our health, and our communities.

    Commentary by M. Jahi Chappell, Sujata Dutta Hazarika, Timothy Wise, and others, and a response from the author.


  • Nature's Way: A Path to Ecological Agriculture
    Interview

    Nature's Way: A Path to Ecological Agriculture

    Wes Jackson

    April 2016

    Where are the seeds of a new agricultural paradigm? Lessons gleaned from prairie ecology can help us overcome the dualism between nature and agriculture.


  • A Recipe for Change?
    Review

    A Recipe for Change?

    Randy Hayes

    April 2016

    Michael Pollan’s new book shows how cooking can contribute to personal and social transformation. But lifestyle changes are not enough to address the systemic crises we face.


  • Why We Consume: Neural Design and Sustainability
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    Why We Consume: Neural Design and Sustainability

    Peter Sterling

    February 2016

    Modern neuroscience suggests that the roots of consumerism lie in our neural circuits for reward learning. Contemporary capitalism truncates the diversity of satisfactions, feeding the hunger for the material rewards it offers. The enrichment of daily life and expansion of satisfactions, not their renunciation, is essential to a Great Transition.

    With commentary by Neva Goodwin, David Korten, Sheldon Krimsky, and others, and a response from the author.


  • Global Compact: Corporate Engagement at the UN
    Interview

    Global Compact: Corporate Engagement at the UN

    Georg Kell

    February 2016

    Can corporations become socially responsible actors in a globalizing world? The recently retired Founding Executive Director of the UN Global Compact discusses the prospects for moving beyond incremental change. He finds reasons for hope in increased transparency and collaboration.


  • Fueling Value Change
    Review

    Fueling Value Change

    Brent Ranalli

    February 2016

    In Foragers, Farmers, and Fossil Fuels, Ian Morris argues that changes in energy capture have driven changes in human values. However, understanding this relationship as co-evolutionary, rather than merely linear, is key as we shape values and energy systems for a sustainable twenty-first century.