Fundamentals of Sustainable Development
By Niko Roorda
Translated by Nico Zaverdinos
Contributors: Peter Blaze Corcoran, Joseph Weakland
Routledge – 2012 – 352 pages
The impact of development needs to be considered beyond the narrow focus of economic, ecological or social concerns. This reader-friendly book is the first to promote a holistic approach to sustainable development. It gives readers a multifaceted approach to the area to encompass what is referred to as ‘people, planet and profit’. It looks at people, cultures, social cohesion, empowerment, education and health, nature and the environment, and prosperity and the economy, to help readers understand the fundamentals of sustainable development.
The book has been written in an accessible way, and can be read with ease by those with no previous knowledge of sustainable development. The first part presents an overview of the conceptual and practical challenges in sustainable development stemming from human-environment relations as well as ensuing issues of inequality and insecurity. The second part explores strategies and solutions for facing these challenges. It presents case studies from all over the world and draws on many disciplines to investigate topics such as climate change, energy, technology, political and economic instruments, and sustainable business practices.
An interactive and complete educational tool, the book comes with a website containing exercises, learning goals and summaries for each chapter as well as over forty video clips. It also offers a ‘lecturer section’ which includes a PowerPoint to accompany every chapter, and answers and explanations to the exercises. This stimulating book is an invaluable resource for students and lecturers in all disciplines who have an interest in the sustainability of our planet, and our human society and economy.
'There is an ever increasingly large number of books on the market dealing with sustainable development, so any new book has to offer something new. Fundamentals of Sustainable Development by Niko Roorda, published under the Earthscan imprint by Routledge (2012) offers just that in a very innovative way.The book really is interdisciplinary, and while challenging in places is truly accessible to readers of all backgrounds. The presentation of the book is excellent and the format makes this a very attractive paperback, and at 350 pages, it is not too big for students (and lecturers) to carry around. This is a colourful and intriguing textbook which I highly recommend. It is the sort of book you wish you had written yourself, but Niko Roorda has done just that and in the process added a remarkable edition to the sustainability library.' – Professor Nick Gray, Trinity College
'[This books's] particular strength lies in bringing together issues of equity (among people) arising from insufficient recognition of ecology (around the planet) in the economy of growth (as irresponsible profits). We strongly recommend careful reading – not just by federal and provincial bureaucrats and legislatures but also by organisations of employers and labour.' – Dr A. Ercelan and Muhammad Ali Shah, The News on Sunday
Foreword Part 1: SWOT analysis 1. Sustainable Development, an Introduction 2. Flaws in the Fabric: People and Nature 3. Flaws in the Fabric: People and Society 4. Sources of Vigour Part 2: Solution Strategies 5. Here and There 6. Now and Later 7. Climate and Energy 8. Sustainable Business Practices
Niko Roorda works as a senior consultant on sustainable development, corporate social responsibility and change management for companies and universities in several countries. Based on more than 20 years of experience in these topics, he received his PhD title at Maastricht University in 2010. For his achievements Roorda received the Dutch National Award for Innovation and Sustainable Development.
Peter Blaze Corcoran is Professor of Environmental Studies and Environmental Education and Director of the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education at Florida Gulf Coast University.
Joseph P. Weakland is a doctoral student at University of Florida.