Toward a Culture of Nature: Environmental Policy and Sustainable Development in Cuba

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Lexington Books, 2007 - Business & Economics - 157 pages
Toward a Culture of Nature is a comprehensive study of Cuba's environmental policy, specifically the response of the Cuban government to the collapse of the Soviet Union and subsequent shortage of petroleum products. Pamela Stricker analyzes Cuba's transition to sustainable models of agriculture, efforts toward energy independence using renewable resources, the adoption of "green" medicine, a framework law on environmental protection, the impact of tourism and foreign investment on the island, incorporation of environmental education, and the crafting of a culture of nature, that is, a Cuban environmental ethics of sustainable development. Going beyond the standard accounts of formal legislation and executive institutions, Professor Stricker pays special attention to the scientists and activists who worked in all capacities (governmental and non-governmental) to bring about change to the environmental policies. Spanning the second half of the twentieth-century, Toward a "Culture of Nature" is an important case study of environmental policy, ethics, and sustainable development.
 

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Contents

Sustainable Development
1
Politics Economics and the Shift to Sustainable Agriculture
15
From Red to Green Scientists Politics and Agriculture
33
Pursuing Energy and Medical Alternatives
45
Pearl of the Sea
59
Codifying Environmental Protection
67
Opening Pandoras Box
85
Greening the Curriculum
95
People Nature and Development from the Cuban Point of View
105
Lessons
121
Selected References
139
Index
151
About the Author
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About the author (2007)

Pamela Stricker is assistant professor of political science at California State University, San Marcos.

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