Environment, Development and Sustainability

, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp 333–345 | Cite as

Sustainable Development: The Need for a New Paradigm

  • Geoffrey P. Glasby


At present, the term sustainable development is misleading because we actually live in a markedly unsustainable world and conditions will become even more unsustainable in the 21st century. Indeed, the 21st century will be the defining period in man's occupation of this planet. Either we take very positive steps to ameliorate our environmental excesses now or we face the prospect of major environmental catastrophes in the future. It is a fact that advanced civilizations have collapsed twice within the last 5000 years in Europe and we must face up to the fact that a third collapse, this time on a global scale, is not beyond the realms of possibility. It is therefore up to us to begin using our considerable ingenuity to prepare for the future in a more rational manner than is presently the case. This article demonstrates clearly the dilemma that we now face.

climate change Edo period environmental degradation sustainable development world economy world population. 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Geoffrey P. Glasby
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratory for Earthquake Chemistry, Graduate School of ScienceUniversity of TokyoTokyoJapan
  2. 2.SheffieldEngland

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