Beyond Sustainability

A Thriving Environment


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About the Book

This book approaches the study of the environment from two academic disciplines: both sociologists and philosophers have concerns about our environment’s ability not only to sustain itself but to thrive. The book examines the differences between “sustainability” and “thrivability.” Such topics as the sixth mass extinction (now underway), fracking, plastics, food waste and deforestation are explored. The book also considers the skepticism about humans’ being the cause of a deteriorating environment and details nature’s adverse role in harming the environment. Finally, the text gives reasons why choosing a thrivability approach is not only (obviously) beneficial but quite possible, and discusses practical ways in which thrivability can be taught.
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About the Author(s)

Tim Delaney is a professor of sociology at the State University of New York at Oswego. He regularly teaches environmental sociology classes and is a faculty member of SUNY Oswego’s sustainability studies program. He lives in Auburn, New York.

Tim Madigan is a professor and department chair of philosophy at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York. He is the former president of the Northeast Popular Culture Association and is also a member of his college’s Center for Sustainability and regularly teaches courses on environmental ethics.

Bibliographic Details

Tim Delaney and Tim Madigan
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 244
Bibliographic Info: bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2014
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7959-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1516-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Preface 1
1. Environmental Thrivability, the Ecosystem and Mass Extinctions 5
2. Climate Change and Human Dependency on Fossil Fuels 26
3. Overpopulation and the Five Horrorists 48
4. Humans Will Be the Cause of the Sixth Mass Extinction 76
5. Humans Will Not Be the Cause of the Sixth Mass Extinction 103
6. Environmental Ethics and Thrivability 127
7. Helping the Environment Thrive 143
8. Happiness Is a Thriving Environment 172
9. We Can Change, but Will We Change? 193
10. Educating Thrivability 207
Bibliography 217
Index 233