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Unsustainable

The Urgent Need to Transform Society and Reverse Climate Change

By Richard Joy

Published

Oct 13, 2021

Page count

258 pages

ISBN

978-1529218022

Dimensions

216 x 138 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Oct 13, 2021

Page count

258 pages

ISBN

978-1529218039

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Oct 13, 2021

Page count

258 pages

ISBN

978-1529218039

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Unsustainable

This book is an urgent call to reimagine our social, political and economic systems so that we might transform to a sustainable society.

It considers whether an alternative economic model is possible and examines the factors needed to enable such a transition to occur. The scale and pace of change is unprecedented and the author examines the actions that have to be taken by governments, business and individuals if we are to address the environmental disaster that confronts us. Much needs to change but ultimately, this is a book of hope, believing that evolution to a better, more sustainable society is possible.

“Few any longer doubt that we’re already experiencing the impact of accelerating climate change – but our response to that knowledge remains hopelessly inadequate. Richard Joy’s Unsustainable explains why, in clear and forthright terms, before mapping out exactly what needs to happen next.” Jonathon Porritt, Founder Director of Forum for the Future

"This is a screaming wake-up call to the reality of climate change. It doesn’t just tell it like it is but ventures into why we are so lackadaisical about it - and how to change." Baroness Lynn Featherstone, Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords

"As a passionate environmentalist, Richard’s powerful analysis reinforces the wicked problem we face to save our planet, and challenges us all to step-up and make the sacrifices required." Jonathan Ager CBE, British Antarctic Survey

“This is a groundbreaking book! To address the urgency of climate change the book challenges us to address the social and economic issues of our civilisation as well. The technological solutions can only go so far: we need to go further and embrace a new paradigm. This book gives the readers a most comprehensive understanding of the climate problems as well as the climate solutions.” Satish Kumar, Founder, Schumacher College and Editor Emeritus, Resurgence & Ecologist

"Richard Joy dares to face reality and surprises with advantageous outcomes of refraining from economic growth. An inspiring, versatile master reflection on sociopolitical systems for realists and doers!" Kirsten M Florentine Weber, Climate Physicist at the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures, University of Sheffield and Co-chair of the Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG), Great Britain & Ireland

"An insightful, sobering yet ultimately empowering book. The depth of the research is extremely impressive, the arguments clear and persuasive. A must-read for anyone interested in the future of the planet." Charlotte Uhlenbroek, biologist, writer and TV presenter

“Richard has produced an evidenced and detailed consideration of our difficulties and state of inertia, but is optimistic and sets out how we can transform our lives. He puts climate change and the avoidance of global warming at the centre and calls for a new commitment for our sustainability. This book is a crucial part of this commitment.” Jeff Gold, Professor of Organisation Learning at Leeds and York Business Schools

"Unsustainable is a cogent description of the urgent problem confronting industrial civilization - the ecological peril of climate change - and of what we absolutely must do to solve it." William Ophuls, scholar of environmental politics and author of Plato's Revenge: Politics in the Age of Ecology

"Revelatory! Richard Joy unwinds the complexity in the perils of continuing our free market economic models to deliver timely prescriptives for an environmentally sustainable, socially equitable and achievable economic recovery." Amos White, Vice Chair Climate Emergency Mobilization Task Force (USA), Founder and Chief Planting Officer of 100K Trees for Humanity

"This book helps wake our species up from being hypnotized by admiration of ourselves!" Sir Tim Smit, co-Founder of the Eden Project and Executive Chair of Eden Project International Ltd

"A great manual on how to get the planning and action for dealing with climate change right - borrowing partly from the principles of successful transformation processes in organisations. But does the capacity to do it exist? This is the worrying question we are left to contemplate." Vicky Pryce, former Joint Head, Government Economic Service

Richard Joy is an expert in organizational transformation and strategic change. He has been actively involved in environmental politics for many years and has been part of a task force advising on policy options for green growth, headed by leader of the Liberal Democrats, Sir Ed Davey.

Part 1: The State of the World

1. Setting the Context

2. The State of the World

3. Implications of COVID-19

Part 2: The Process of Change

4. Preparing for Change

5. Effective Government Intervention

6. The Energy Transition

7. Moving Away from Growth and Profit

8. Factors Critical to Successful Change

9. Barriers to Change

10. Perceptions and Reality

Part 3: The Call to Action

11. The Great Transition

12. Action Plans for Governments

13. Personal Accountability

14. A New Political Movement

15. Can We Make It?