This work proposes a framework based on the concept of a fair distribution of environmental space to include the diverse needs of North and South. Drawing on research in 38 countries, it aims to give an equitable basis for global development in order to achieve sustainable consumption by the year 2050. The environmental space approach seeks to explain the limitations of the global market economy as a tool of development and to give us the means to alter it in order to achieve a genuine quality of life, rather than simple economic growth. In addition, this book seeks to urge all countries and peoples to consider and evaluate the environmental space approach and to join in a movement towards sustainable production and consumption for the 21st century.
Michael Carley is professor of planning and Housing at the Centre for Environment and Human settlements, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh and Chair of the Sustainable Societies Programme of Friends of the Earth International. Philippe Spapens is a Coordinator of the Sustainable Europe Campaign and a staff member of friends of the Earth Netherlands.
Preface * A New Approach to Global Development * The Global Commons: Wild Frontier to Full world * Managing the Global Commons - North and South, One World? Fair Shares in Environmental space - Basic Principles * Assessing a Fair Share in Environmental Space * Eco-Innovation: More from Less * Sufficiency: Rethinking the Consumer Society * Sustainable Production and Consumption - Towards a Global Framework * Appendix 1: List of National Studies and Other publication of the Sustainable Europe Campaign * Appendix B: Contact Points for Sustainable Europe Campaign and the North-South Project Participating Organisations * Index