, Volume 26, Issue 2, pp 513-516
Date: 22 Mar 2012

Huey D. Johnson: Green Plans: Blueprint for a Sustainable Earth

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A quarter of a century ago, the United Nations’ World Commission on Environment and Development delivered a frank message about the dangerous state of the global environment and called on all citizens of the world to unite and make an effort to avert environmental disaster. In 1987, the Commission published the famous Brundtland Report, which contained the concept of “sustainable development” and defined “sustainability” as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” However, despite occasionally succeeding as a rallying cry and even as a negotiating tool, the term “sustainable development” is vague and has become a buzzword. This term is often put forth as a solution to major problems facing humankind, but rarely is it accompanied by any explanation or definition of how the goal of “sustainable development” is to be met. The book under review offers a practical guide of how certain countries are usin