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Global Environmental Sustainability. Case Studies and Analysis of the United Nations' Journey toward Sustainable Development

  • Book

  • November 2020
  • Region: Global
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
  • ID: 5008016

Global Environmental Sustainability: Case Studies and Analysis of the United Nations' Journey toward Sustainable Development presents an integrated, interdisciplinary analysis of sustainable development, addressing global environmental problems in the contemporary world. It critically examines current actions being taken on global and local scales, particularly in relation to the UN's efforts to promote sustainable development. This approach is supported by empirical analysis, drawing upon a host of interweaving insights spanning economics, politics, ecology, environmental philosophy, and ethics, among others. As a result, it offers a comprehensive and well-balanced assessment of the overall perspective of sustainable development supported by in-depth content analysis, theoretical evaluation, empirical and actual case studies premised on solid data, and actual field work. Also, the book marks a milestone in placing the Covid-19 pandemic into a perspective for understanding the universality of human collective environmental behavior and action.

By utilizing in-depth analysis, both quantitative and qualitative, and challenging the status quo of what is expected in the global approach to sustainable development, Global Environmental Sustainability provides the theory and methodology of empirical sustainable development which is especially germane to our advanced society today, which is deeply entrenched in a crisis of environmental morality. More particularly, it serves as a salient source of moral reconstitution of society grounded in empirical reality to liberate man's excessive spirit of individualism and self-aggrandizement to the detriment of the environment. Epistemologically, the book furnishes a remarkable tour de force with a new level of analytical insight to help researchers, practitioners, and policymakers in sustainability and environmental science, as well as the many other disciplines involved in sustainable development, to better understand sustainability from a new perspective and provides a methodological direction to pursue solutions going forward.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Sustainable development-a preliminary reflection2. The United Nations' journey to global environmental sustainability since Stockholm: An assessment3. The United Nations' journey to global environmental sustainability since Stockholm: The paradox4. Greening for a sustainable future: The ethical connection5. The nexus of environmental ethics and environmental sustainability: An empirical assessment6. The United Nations environmental education initiatives: The green education failure and the way forward7. Summary and conclusion


Choy Yee Keong Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer in Environmental Economic Theory, Faculty of Economics, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan. Dr. Choy Yee Keong, Ph.D. is currently a Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer in Environmental Economic Theory in the Faculty of Economics, Keio University, Tokyo. He is also a member of the review committee of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). Prior to this, he was with the National Institutes for the Humanities, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN), Kyoto, Japan as an invited scholar. He was also an Assistant Professor and Research Fellow at Kyoto University. He has over 10 years of field research experience in development and environmental issues in Southeast Asia, especially in Malaysia. He has also published extensively in various international peer-reviewed journals and has presented his papers at numerous international conferences held in various parts of the world. He has also often been invited by various universities to deliver public lectures on development, energy, and environmental issues.