‘... an important contribution to the debate on corporate responsibility. Maybe one good thing coming out of the credit crunch is a dawning that a focus on the bottom line, without due regard to the broader responsibility that a business has is unsustainable.’
Professor Anne Gregory, Pro-Vice-Chancellor
Leeds Metropolitan University.
‘... as a business student with entrepreneurial goals for the future I found this book to be very insightful about the needs and opportunities of the future sustainable world.’
Tony Paxton, MBA programme member, Helsinki.
“Adapt and Thrive” reads like a breezy textbook, with both well-researched historical and topical details; yet it also is driven by one man’s passion to bring about change.
Sustainable Industries magazine, United States.
Forcing the pace of change is not only vital because the health of the planet is at risk, but also because there are profits to be made from saving the world.
Article in Sustainable Business magazine, UK.
‘...government and business who are currently unable to see beyond the current political term/share prices will oppose this book, but in twenty years they will be quoting it as the ‘Essential Guide for Survival’.
Etelš-Suomen Sanomat, Finland.
‘Few writers have the cross discipline perspective to bring such a wide range of issue together.’
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List of Contents
PART 1 THE COMING OF THE SUSTAINABLE REVOLUTION
Chapter 1: Adapt or Die
Chapter 2: Striving for a Sustainable World
Chapter 3: Our Globalized World
Chapter 4: The Sustainable Revolution
PART 2 ISSUES AND OUTCOMES
Chapter 5: The World’s Natural Systems and Society
Chapter 6: Climate Change
Chapter 7: Balancing Energy Sources and Needs
Chapter 8: The Energy Crunch
Chapter 9: The Insatiable Appetite of Transportation
Chapter 10: Icarus Air
Chapter 11: Healthy, Cohesive Urban Communities
Chapter 12: Putting King Car in Its Place
Chapter 13: Global Manufacturing Renaissance
Chapter 14: Our Thirst for Water
Chapter 15: Safe, Sustainable Agriculture
Chapter 16: Dealing with Waste
PART 3 SURVIVE AND THRIVE: FORCING THE PACE OF CHANGE
Chapter 17: The Leaders of the Revolution
Chapter 18: Mobilizing Business
Chapter 19: Capital Markets and the Power of Ownership
Chapter 20: Social Economics
Chapter 21: Environmental Economics
Chapter 22: Adaptation Laboratories
Chapter 23: Profiting from the Transition
Chapter 24: A Shared Destiny
List of Figures:
Figure 2.1 Alternative Scenarios for Society and Natural Ecosystems
Figure 8.1 Energy Use by Sector
Figure 23.1 The Sustainability Matrix
List of Boxes:
UN Global Compact
Design Challenge: Small-Scale Methane Generation from Biowaste
Design Challenge: Renewable Fuel from the Desert
Design Challenge: A Modern Large Sailing Ship
Design Challenge: A Car for the 21st Century
A Future World Summit on Global Warming
Design Challenge: Zero-Environmental-Impact Flying