The Environment: Towards a Sustainable Future

  • Dutch Committee for Long-Term Environmental Policy

Part of the Environment & Policy book series (ENPO, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Dutch Committee for Long-Term Environmental Policy
      Pages 2-18
  3. Signs of Hope

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Ernst U. von Weizsäcker, Friedrich Schmidt-Bleek
      Pages 20-45
  4. The Transformation to a Sustainable Future

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. Hans de Bruijn, Ernst ten Heuvelhof
      Pages 84-111
    3. Jacques Geurts, Johanna Kasperkovitz
      Pages 112-144
  5. Internationalization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Renat Perelet
      Pages 146-173
    3. Eric-Jan Tuininga
      Pages 174-202
    4. Dutch Committee for Long-Term Environmental Policy
      Pages 204-217
    5. Gerrit H. Vonkeman, Peter Maxson
      Pages 218-249
  6. Philosophical and Methodological Considerations on Planning the Future

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 251-251
    2. Petran Kockelkoren, Wouter Achterberg, Hans Achterhuis, Ko van der Wal
      Pages 252-275
  7. Contours of a Sustainable Future

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 315-315
    2. Pier Vellinga, Rudolf de Groot, Richard Klein
      Pages 316-348
    3. Jeroen van Ginneken, Albertine van Diepen
      Pages 350-371

About this book


A sustainable future: a world in which sustainable development is possible and guaranteed? In this book, the Dutch Committee for Long-Term Environmental Policy, an expert advisory board to the Dutch Minister of Housing, Physical Planning and Environment, shows possible ways in which society can move towards a sustainable future.
The book goes in search of a new social order, an order in which sustainability is guaranteed. This search holds four main elements:
  • signs of hope: which positive initiatives and developments exist which will lead to a sustainable future?
  • transformations: which transformations are needed to reach a sustainable future?
  • philosophical and methodological reflections: can one predict the future?
  • institutions: what are the necessary changes in the basic institutions of society to reach a sustainable future?

The committee has invited well-known experts from different disciplinary backgrounds to check the existing social order from a point of sustainability and to give recommendations for a sustainable future. The central conclusion is that we are in need of an evolving green strategy aimed at sustainability. The contours of this strategy are described and a large set of recommendations to reach a sustainable future are given. As the committee states: `There is no certainty and no statistical probability for a sustainable future, but there is at least a chance.'


development marketing sustainability sustainable development sustainable economy

Editors and affiliations

  • Dutch Committee for Long-Term Environmental Policy
    • 1
  1. 1.The HagueThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1994
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-7923-2656-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-0808-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1383-5130
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