Learning, Natural Capital and Sustainable Development: Options for an Uncertain World

1st Edition

John Foster, Stephen Gough

Routledge
Published December 4, 2007
Reference - 144 Pages
ISBN 9780415464239 - CAT# RU52366

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Summary

This special issue of the journal Environmental Education Research addresses a topical area of importance - human behaviour towards the environment. The book explores the economic metaphor of 'natural capital' in this context arguing that the currently dominant model of sustainable development, underpinned by a particular understanding of this metaphor, is impeding progress towards genuine sustainability, and secondly that it will continue to do so until the metaphor can be reworked in both thought and practice.

This book explores an alternative economic model of natural capital value, based on recent 'real options' thinking which reworks the natural capital idea and provides a framework for articulating two major and closely-related shifts of emphasis.

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