Why do we claim to value sustainability while acting in an
unsustainable fashion? How can we reduce our consumption drastically
and move toward a sustainable social system when our society is
specifically based on consumption? These two linked questions are at
the heart of this important book, the result of a four-year
interdisciplinary study of British Columbia's Lower Fraser
Taking the slogan "think globally, act locally" to heart,
the contributors to Fatal Consumption are theoretical as well
as practical. They conceptualize the policy analysis they provide,
while also proposing useful tools for those charged with making
decisions. Though specific in focus, the analysis in Fatal
Consumption can be generalized to most North American urban areas.
It offers both an understanding of the present and hope for a
sustainable future, counterbalancing a discussion of the opportunities
for change with a frank examination of the barriers to such change.
Fatal Consumption will appeal to urban planners, to policy
makers, and to scholars and others interested in the relationship
between health and a sustainable society.
Robert F. Woollard, M.D. is Royal Canadian Legion Professor and head of the Department of Family Practice in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. He is also co-chair of the UBC Task Force on Healthy and Sustainable Communities. Aleck S. Ostry is assistant professor in the Department of Health Care and Epidemiology in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC.
Acknowledgments Introduction: Fatal Consumption (When Too Much Is Not Enough) / Robert F. Woollard Part 1: The Global Reality of Sustainability 1. Ecological Footprints and the Pathology of Consumption / William E. Rees 2. Global Consumption from the Perspective of Population Health / Clyde Hertzman and Shona Kelly 3. Social Capital, Civil Society, and Social Transformation / Michael Carr Part 2: The Box We Are In and Some Ways Out 4. What Is Stopping Sustainability? Examining the Barriers to Implementation of Clouds of Change / Jennie L. Moore 5. Integrating Economy, Society, and Environment Through Policy Assessment / Peter Boothroyd 6. Local versus Central Influences in Planning for Community Health / Lawrence W. Green and Jean A. Shoveller Part 3: Case Examples and the Reason for Hope 7. The City of Richmond: Reflections on Sustainability in Action / Janette McIntosh and Robert F. Woollard 8. The BC Sawmill Industry: A Case Study of Community and Ecological Sustainability / Aleck Ostry Conclusion: Working Together and the Prospect for Hope / Robert F. Woollard Contributors Index