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Author Grober, Ulrich, 1949-
Title Entdeckung der nachhaltigkeit. English
Sustainability : a cultural history / Ulrich Grober ; translated by Ray Cunningham.
Imprint Totnes, Devon, UK : Green Books, 2012.
[White River Jct., Vt.] : Distributed in the USA by Chelsea Green.
Edition English edition.

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Author Grober, Ulrich, 1949-
Subject Sustainability.
Sustainable development -- History.
Human ecology -- History.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Alt Name Cunningham, Ray.
Description 1 online resource (221 pages)
Edition English edition.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-210) and index.
Contents ". . . An innate ability . . .?" -- Word games -- "The most beautiful star in the heavens" -- UR-texts -- A European dream -- Virtuosi -- The creation of the word -- The birth of ecology -- Measuring the forests -- Fossil, nuclear, solar -- Translating "sustainability" -- Earth politics I : new beginnings -- Earth politics II : moving on to the next level -- What next?
Summary From diets to economic growth, everything these days has to be 'sustainable'. But the word's currency should not obscure its origins: sustainability is an age-old aspiration; a concept deeply rooted in human culture. Though in danger of abuse and overuse today, it can still be recovered from its present inflationary coinage. In clear and thought-provoking terms, Ulrich Grober reassesses the concept of sustainability using a range of fascinating historical instances of its application. He considers the vision of men such as Hans Carl von Carlowitz, credited with having first formulated the three pillars of sustainability: environmental equilibrium, economic security and social justice. The journey takes in Francis of Assisi's thirteenth-century Canticle of the Sun, as well as Greek philosophers and Enlightenment scholars. Whether in the court of Louis XIV or the silver mines of Saxony, Grober reveals that sustainability is always born of crisis and yet also marks the birth of a new awareness, a realisation that the planet we live on has to be sustained and preserved for future generations. This book offers a historically rich and nuanced introduction to a concept that could not be of more pressing importance for the twenty-first century.
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ISBN 9780857840462 (electronic bk.)
0857840460 (electronic bk.)
9780857840479 (electronic bk.)
0857840479 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 858861942
Additional Format Print version: Grober, Ulrich, 1949- Entdeckung der nachhaltigkeit : Kulturgeschichte eines Begriffs. English. Sustainability. English edition 9780857840455 (DLC) 2013376391 (OCoLC)794815276.