A Better Planet Forty Big Ideas for a Sustainable Future Daniel C. Esty, Ingrid C. Burke

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
26 Nov 2019
ISBN:
9780300246247
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
416 pages: 235 x 156mm
Illustrations:
2 b-w illus.

A practical, bipartisan call to action from the world’s leading thinkers on the environment and sustainability
 
Sustainability has emerged as a global priority over the past several years. The 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change and the adoption of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals through the United Nations have highlighted the need to address critical challenges such as the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, water shortages, and air pollution. But in the United States, partisan divides, regional disputes, and deep disagreements over core principles have made it nearly impossible to chart a course toward a sustainable future.
 
This timely new book, edited by celebrated scholar Daniel C. Esty, offers fresh thinking and forward-looking solutions from environmental thought leaders across the political spectrum. The book’s forty essays cover such subjects as ecology, environmental justice, Big Data, public health, and climate change, all with an emphasis on sustainability. The book focuses on moving toward sustainability through actionable, bipartisan approaches based on rigorous analytical research.

Daniel C. Esty is Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy at Yale’s School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and Yale Law School. He served as head of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection from 2011 to 2014 and in several leadership roles at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1989 to 1993.

"No one can criticize Dan Esty and his talented colleagues for not thinking big: there are ideas in this book that will appeal to anyone—and maybe a couple that will raise your hackles. It's the kind of spirited, discipline-crossing, deep-dive that will help reorient a sometimes-stale environmental debate!"—Bill McKibben, author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?


“Pressing the reset button, this book brings together refreshingly new and profoundly compelling approaches to environmental policy and action in the USA and beyond.”—Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary UN Climate Change Convention 2010-2016


"This thoughtful and challenging book sets out how we can close the talk and action gap, making it essential reading for anyone that cares about the future of our planet and humanity."—Paul Polman, former CEO and Chairman, Unilever


“A masterful summation of and reflection on past environmental efforts—and a valuable outline of principles to guide and inspire a new era of progress.”—William K. Reilly, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, 1989-1993


A Better Planet offers lucid, honest, wide-ranging, and diverse perspectives that strive to move us beyond political divides toward renewed actions to secure private-sector innovation, public engagement, and better policies for a better planet. Bravo!”—Lynn Scarlett, Global Vice President of Policy, The Nature Conservancy