Publication: State of the World 2013
April 11, 2013  //  By:   //  Blog Post, Featured  //  No Comment

On Monday, April 15th 2013, the Worldwatch Institute will release its latest flagship publication: State of the World 2013. The theme of this year’s State of the World is sustainability, and it asks the question, “Is Sustainability Still Possible?”

The report tackles the question of sustainability head on, pointing out that environmental sustainability has become a buzzword devoid of true meaning. The authors evaluate actual sustainability efforts around the globe, and seek to “define clear sustainability metrics and examine various policies and perspectives.” Through this research, Worldwatch Institute makes the case that international community is not doing enough to promote sustainability. Moreover, the Institute argues that modern environmentalism is a ‘game of defense’, trying to make-do with current global industrial and commercial practices by mitigating carbon output, resource usage, and the like.

The Institute would have the global sustainability community switch from a defensive posture to a more proactive one. The report advocates for transforming industry to respect planetary boundaries, rather than just setting consumption and pollution limits to already-existing processes.

To learn more or to purchase the report, click here.

About the Author :

Michael Denney is a PhD student in the Global Governance and Human Security program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He is a Research Associate at the Center for Governance and Sustainability.

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