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A Better Planet

Forty Big Ideas for a Sustainable Future

Daniel C. Esty Ingrid C. Burke



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Yale University
24 November 2020
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.
Foreword by:   Ingrid C. Burke
Edited by:   Daniel C. Esty
Imprint:   Yale University
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 228mm,  Width: 147mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   568g
ISBN:   9780300255225
ISBN 10:   0300255225
Pages:   416
Publication Date:   24 November 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

Reviews for A Better Planet: Forty Big Ideas for a Sustainable Future

The book provides excellent ideas --Financial Times (Books of the Year 2019) 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

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