Ensuring a Sustainable Future: Making Progress on Environment and Equity

Ensuring a Sustainable Future: Making Progress on Environment and Equity


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There is very little argument that the world is facing severe environmental challenges. Ongoing air and water pollution, increasing energy consumption, and the depletion of natural resources have all placed considerable stress on the capacity of our environment to support the present quality of human life in a sustainable manner.

Ensuring a Sustainable Future does what few previous works have: it examines these trends' disproportionate impact on the poor and the economically viable solutions that can serve to remedy them — solutions that simultaneously address environmental and economic problems. This gap in previous research, evidence, and writing has left low-income countries often unwilling to take on major environmental problems and many poor communities believing they faced impossible choices between improving the environment in which they live and increasing the jobs and income available.

Bringing together evidence-based recommendations and in-depth case studies of successful policies and programs around the world, Ensuring a Sustainable Future examines innovative solutions to this crucial challenge. In doing so, it addresses a comprehensive range of environmental sustainability challenges affecting low-, middle-, and high-income countries.

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ISBN-13: 9780199974702
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 10/11/2013
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Jody Heymann is Dean and Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Heymann was the Founding Director of the Institute for Health and Social Policy at McGill University and the Project on Global Working Families at Harvard University. She is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and held a Canada Research Chair in Global Health and Social Policy. Heymann established and leads the WORLD Policy Analysis Centre, the first global initiative to examine social policy in all 193 UN nations. This initiative provides an in-depth look at how social and environmental policies affect the ability of individuals, families and communities to meet their health and welfare needs across the political, economic and social spectrum worldwide.

Magda Barrera works at McGill University's Institute for Health and Social Policy conducting comparative research on how to effectively improve social conditions in an economically sustainable manner. She has co-led a fellowship program designed to examine policies and programs around the world on topics such as urban sustainability and environmental equity.

Table of Contents

The Environment and the Economy: Finding Equitable and Effective Solutions
Jody Heymann and Magda Barrera

Section 1: Moving Forward on the Environment and the Economy: Creating Jobs, Building Healthy Communities
Chapter 1
The Essential Connection: Environmental Sustainability, Community Stability and Equitable Development in Struggling Cities in High-Income Countries
Ted Howard

Chapter 2
Community Action in Informal Settlements: Strategies for Improved Environmental Health and Equity in Low and Middle Income Countries
David Satterthwaite

Chapter 3
Achieving Environmental Equity: Race, Place, and the Movement to Build Healthy Communities in the United States
Angela Glover Blackwell

Chapter 4
Building Income and Social Equity through Environmental Sustainability: Lessons from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside
Mitra Thompson

Chapter 5
New Skills for the Green Economy: Two Training Programs for Job Seekers in the United States
Cosmin Paduraru and Kara Quennell

Chapter 6
Green Social Entrepreneurship as a Poverty-Reduction Strategy: TIDE India's Use of Technological Innovation for Healthier and More Sustainable Communities
Shannon Lockhart

Section 2: Addressing Specific Environmental Challenges in an Economically Sustainable Way
Chapter 7
Moving Towards Sustainable Urban Transport: How Can We Integrate Environmental, Health and Equity Objectives Globally?
David Banister and James Woodcock

Chapter 8
The New Challenges of Rapid Urban Growth: Imperatives and Strategies for Transport in India
Madhav Badami

Chapter 9
Healthy and Sustainable Agriculture: Working with Farmers to Transform Food Production in Latin America
Donald Cole, Gordon Prain and Willy Pradel

Chapter 10
Access to Healthy Foods in Urban Settings: A Comprehensive Strategy for Low-income Communities in Montreal
Lise Bertrand

Chapter 11
Water for Development: Investing in Health and Economic Wellbeing Globally
William Cosgrove and H kan Tropp

Chapter 12
The Potential of Clean Energy for Equity in Remote Communities in the North
Tim Weis

Chapter 13
Remote Indigenous Populations and Climate Change: Reducing the Impacts on Health and Wellbeing
James Ford and Peter Adams

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