Journal of Futures Studies

Is Sustainability the Enemy of Progress or the Key to Creating a Future Worth Having? Three Provocative Perspectives on Sustainability, Climate Change and the Future

by Stephen McGrail

ABSTRACT

This review article of recent books on sustainability and climate change provides an overview and comparison of three provocative responses to the contemporary sustainability problematique. Current and potentially emerging ways of thinking about sustainability, climate change and the future are revealed. In particular, considered together the three books bring to life the huge social inertia resisting worldview change and the related politics of change and the future associated with sustainability. Following critical consideration of underlying key themes, different ways of reading the books to derive insights into sustainability challenges and in terms of futures studies are suggested.

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Journal of Futures Studies

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ISSN 1027-6084