Working with Nature: Resource Management for Sustainability
This work looks at an alternative approach to resource production systems, taking the view that many environmental problems associated with conventional resource management are avoidable if we work with nature, instead of trying to dominate it. Jordan argues that achieving sustainability in production systems is best accomplished by encouraging a change in the relationship between humans and nature - from one of exploitation through control to one of sustainability through cooperation.
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