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A practical, bipartisan call to action from the world’s leading thinkers on the environment and sustainability
Sustainability has emerged as a global priority over the past several years. The 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change and the adoption of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals through the United Nations have highlighted the need to address critical challenges such as the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, water shortages, and air pollution. But in the United States, partisan divides, regional disputes, and deep disagreements over core principles have made it nearly impossible to chart a course toward a sustainable future.
This timely new book, edited by celebrated scholar Daniel C. Esty, offers fresh thinking and forward-looking solutions from environmental thought leaders across the political spectrum. The book’s forty essays cover such subjects as ecology, environmental justice, Big Data, public health, and climate change, all with an emphasis on sustainability. The book focuses on moving toward sustainability through actionable, bipartisan approaches based on rigorous analytical research.
About the Author
Daniel C. Esty is Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy at Yale School of the Environment and Yale Law School. He served as head of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection from 2011 to 2014 and in several leadership roles at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1989 to 1993.
“The book provides excellent ideas”—Financial Times (A 2019 Best Book of the Year in Economics)
“The book provides excellent ideas”—Financial Times, Best Books of 2019: Economics
Axiom Award silver medal winner in the Philanthropy/Nonprofit/Sustainability category, sponsored by Axiom Business Book Awards
“Pressing the reset button, this book brings together refreshingly new and profoundly compelling approaches to environmental policy and action in the USA and beyond.”—Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary UN Climate Change Convention 2010-2016
“A Better Planet: 40 Big Ideas for a Sustainable Future creates 40 opportunities to start accelerating the transition to a better planet today. The direction is clear; now we need to work together, at scale.”—Peter Bakker, President and CEO, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
"This thoughtful and challenging book sets out how we can close the talk and action gap, making it essential reading for anyone that cares about the future of our planet and humanity."—Paul Polman, former CEO and Chairman, Unilever
“A masterful summation of and reflection on past environmental efforts—and a valuable outline of principles to guide and inspire a new era of progress.”—William K. Reilly, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, 1989-1993
“A Better Planet offers lucid, honest, wide-ranging, and diverse perspectives that strive to move us beyond political divides toward renewed actions to secure private-sector innovation, public engagement, and better policies for a better planet. Bravo!”—Lynn Scarlett, Global Vice President of Policy, The Nature Conservancy