Global Civil Society and Global Environmental Governance: The Politics of Nature from Place to Planet

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SUNY Press, 1996 - Science - 365 pages
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What will it take to protect the global environment? In this book, Ronnie D. Lipschutz argues that neither world government nor green economics can do the job. Governmental regulations often are resisted by those whose behavior they are intended to change, and markets--even green ones--look to profits more than to protection. What will be needed, Lipschutz believes, is not global management but political action through community- and place-based organizations and projects. People acting together locally can have a cumulative impact on environmental quality that is significant, long lasting, and widespread.
The comparative case studies of environmental activism in Northern California, Hungary, and Indonesia (the latter written by Judith Mayer) illustrate one of the central premises of this book: that local action is linked increasingly to globe-spanning networks of knowledge and practice, in what Lipschutz calls global civil society. The result is a system of governance that is both local and global, to which states and international organizations are turning increasingly for help and advice.
 

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I am simply an academic from australia who's having to hold in my lap a bucket to catch all the vomitus that is being constantly being ejected from from intestines due to the ridiculous amount being purged from my guts due to the uncontrollable disgust that forces me to be constantly ejecting. What Is happening in the once pristine natural environs that used to surround everywhere from the basins at the foothills of toowoomba right up to the ranges around rolleston, emerald and virtually any other place that lies between the base of the gulf of carpentaria all the way down through the southern states such as New South wales and Victoria. When I say a simple academic it makes me so beyond sit to my stomach that not only does the corporations that regulate the utilisation of our natural resources but also the fucking government itself which is supposedly been placed there by the people of our lands to protect and oversee the good care and well being of our lands. Not just for now but for the next generation and every generation that is to come and has entrusted that the bodies that are elected by the people of today that they will be able to be trusted to do the right thing... How Fucking wrong Have we been proven to have been.
Is it time that the intesigesia of today are being forced by the ineptetude and greed of the powers that are in control now that we have to make use of the knowledge that we all have access to and do what is required of us and manufacture the Tri-nitro-toluene, the black powders and if needs be the yellow cake derivitives that will be required to create the forces that are required to cease and desist all further actions which the corporations of today deem are not only fucking appropriate but bloody necessary to line their pockets. Plase I beg of all the peoples of today to cease and desist any further actions which result in water cracking in order to retrieve friggin gasses for a fuel source which will completely fuck the eco-systems of our world
 

Contents

Governing Nature Global Change Social Complexity and Environmental Management
19
Linking the Natural World Global Civil Society and Social Learning
49
Guardians of the Forest Renegotiating Resource Regimes in Northern California
81
Environmentalism in One Country? Global Civil Society and Nature in Hungary
127
Environmental Organizing in Indonesia The Search for a Newer Order
169
Who Are We? Why Are We Here? Identity Place and Global Environmental Sustainability
217
Closing the Circle Global Civil Society and Global Environmental Governance
235
Notes
257
Bibliography
305
Index
349
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Page 3 - Not ideas, but material and ideal interests, directly govern men's conduct. Yet very frequently the ‘world images' that have been created by ‘ideas' have, like switchmen, determined the tracks along which action has been pushed by the dynamic of interest.

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Ronnie D. Lipschutz is Professor of Politics and Codirector of the Center for Global, International, and Regional Studies at the University of California-Santa Cruz. His primary areas of research, writing, and teaching include international politics, global environmental affairs, U.S. foreign policy, empire and religion, globalization, international regulation, technology and public policy, and film, fiction, and politics.

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