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Warwick GSD
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This group is for Global Sustainable Development students at the University of Warwick.

Books we've read

Our Daily Poison: From Pesticides to Packaging, How Chemicals Have Contaminated the Food Chain and Are Making Us Sick
The Power of Just Doing Stuff
More Human: Designing a World Where People Come First
An Introduction to Sustainable Development
The Handbook of Sustainability Literacy: Skills for a Changing World
Social and Solidarity Economy: Beyond the Fringe?
A Human Health Perspective on Climate Change: A Report Outlining the Research Needs on the Human Health Effects of Climate Change
The Age of Sustainable Development
Governing Sustainable Development: Partnerships, Protests and Power at the World Summit
Bankrupting Nature: Denying Our Planetary Boundaries
Big World, Small Planet: Abundance within Planetary Boundaries
Water Resilience for Human Prosperity
Ten Technologies to Fix Energy and Climate
Strategy and Sustainability: A Hard-Nosed and Clear-Eyed Approach to Environmental Sustainability For Business
The Atlas of Food
The Sustainability Handbook: The Complete Management Guide to Achieving Social, Economic, and Environmental Responsibility
New Challenges to Food Security: From Climate Change to Fragile States
Pursuing Sustainability: A Guide to the Science and Practice
Sustainability
Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness


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Cathia's Reviews

Chris Goodall, Ten Technologies to Fix Energy and Climate. (2008)

Chris Goodall suggests, as the title of the book promises, 10 ways in which we can use existing or developing technologies to address our growing need for energy. One of the strengths of this book is its understanding and articulation of the difficulties that these processes may entail; but it does not shy away from exploring challenges. Goodall places great responsibility on businesses to take on the challenge of managing the global need for energy and the global concern about the climate. He acknowledges that

widespread adoption of carbon-reducing technologies is going to be very disruptive but the great strength of the modern capitalist economy is an almost astonishing resilience and flexibility. (Goodall 18)

10 technologies

Rob Hopkins, The Power of Just Doing Stuff: How Local Action Can Change the World . (2013)

Rob Hopkins is co-founder of the Transition Network. He was identified as one of the UK's top 100 Environmentalists by The Independent, and in 2012 Transition Network won the European Economic and Social Committee Civil Society Prize. This book contains examples of successful interventions that have palpable change to be implemented in local communities around the world. Each chapter concludes with a short summary and recommendations. The book is engaging and thought-provoking. One of its messages reads:

Any successful response to the challenges we face will have to go way deeper than changing ligth bulbs and driving more slowly. (Hopkins, 43)

power of just doing 

Tim Jackson, Prosperity without Growth: Economis for a Finite Planet. (2011)

Tim Jackson's book has been rightly labelled a "piercing challenge to established economics". This is the book that reveals uncomfortable details about the Age of Irresponsibility, and draws a map towards recovery. One of the most powerful statements it makes, is around our way of being:

Prosperity is not synonymous with material wealth. And the requirements of prosperity go beyond material sustenance. Rather, prosperity has to do with our ability to flourish: physically, psychologically and socially. Beyond mere subsistence, prosperity hangs crucially on our ability to participate meaningfully in the life of society. (Jackson 143)

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Jeffrey Sachs, The Age of Sustainable Development . (2015)

This is an essential textbook for anyone wanting to study Global Sustainable Development in depth. Sachs writes with conviction and clarity about the challenges facing our efforts to address the major problems relating to the economic, social and environmental state of the planet.

Sustainable Development is both a way of looking a the world, with a focus on the interlinkages of economic, social, and environmental change, and a way of describing our shared aspirations for a decent life, combining economic development, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability. It is, in short, both an analytical theory and a 'normative' pr ethical framework'.

age of sustainable development