In Exchange for Gold: The Legacy and Sustainability of Artisanal Gold Mining in Las Juntas de Abangares, Costa Rica

Artisanal gold mining is the largest contributor of global environmental mercury. Through words and images, In Exchange for Gold documents the history, current day practice and sustainability of artisanal gold mining in the areas surrounding the small town of Las Juntas in northwest Costa Rica. This case study both honors this community and its rich culture and history, and serves to increase awareness of the environmental and human implications of gold extraction by adding a personal element. It also examines sustainable approaches to protecting the environment, and the needs of individuals and communities whose heritage and livelihood come from this activity.

Homegrown Ecopragmatics

Homegrown Ecopragmatics presents a set of case studies designed to demonstrate how ecopragmatic approaches to solving local environmental problems can be applied It does so by developing the principles developed in Ecopragmatics (2012) illustrating them through a set of case studies involving solar energy policy, controversies over foresting and grazing rights in Eastern Oregon, water rights, water management and industrial pollution along the Brazos River watershed in Texas, and the mining of the final phosphate reserves in Florida. Each case is developed by developing a background chapter on the larger policy context of the environmental case followed immediately by a specific case controversy involving local groups seeking to locally resolve environmental issues. Cases are developed to highlight the interest of stakeholders and demonstrate how ecopragmatic principles may be employed to resolve local conflict.

Enough for All Forever: A Handbook for Learning about Sustainability

Enough for All Forever is a handbook for learning about sustainability. It has been written specifically for educators: classroom practitioners; school and system administrators and managers; those who develop curriculum; academics; and others who share the goal of environmental equity for all. It is about integrating sustainability into teaching and learning at all levels. The focus of the book is how to live sustainably, in harmony with a planet that has finite resources. This is not a ‘one size fits all’ handbook. Rather, it is a broad collection of work from over fifty different authors, all of them experts in their field and all committed to doing something about sustainability.

The Sustainability Practitioner’s Guide to Social Analysis and Assessment

A welcome addition to the “Sustainability Practitioners Guide” series, this book gathers together progress that has been made in analysing, assessing and reporting social issues. Approachable for experts and non-experts alike and written in a characteristic ‘easy to understand style’, this edited volume presents complex concepts with clarity. The comprehensive selection of topics, which includes such indicators as labour conditions, inequality, food security and even sleep, is bound to present something of relevance and interest to a wide variety of readers. Angela Druckman, Centre of Environmental Strategy University of Surrey [This book] provides a comprehensive overview of current understanding of social impacts and identifies the main approaches to measurement, methods and tools. Further, the book includes illustrative applications and case studies which are extremely helpful to any practitioner in the field and provide easy to follow examples of use of social accounting (alongside environmental and economic accounting). … In our eagerness to act justly we need reliable assessment methods and data to produce evidence for informed policy-making. This book opens the door on the path towards this goal. Mia Mikic Chief, Trade Policy and Analysis Section Trade and Investment Division, ESCAP

Posthuman Plants: Rethinking the Vegetal through Culture, Art, and Poetry

Our interdependence with plants entails symbiosis that is not only biological but also cultural, social, and linguistic. Posthuman Plants addresses our diverse entanglements with plants in everyday life through the prisms of posthumanist, multispecies, ecocritical, and ecocultural theory. This volume asks: how does the reconfiguration of human “being” as inherently permeable affect our perceptions of and relationships to plants—those “others” that have been regarded historically as passive elements of the landscape and constructed as the mute foils of animality? This book contributes to the ever-increasing debate about how we perceive plants and their influence on what it means to be human, more-than-human, and other-than-human. It argues that reconceptualizing the botanical world requires seeing, feeling, and understanding plants as intelligent, active, and sentient agents.

Posthuman Plants is divided into five sections: Affect and Reciprocity, Heritage and Digitality, Art and Vegetality, Poetry and Vegetality, and Plants and the Senses. Although some of its content is strongly focused on the vegetal life of the southwest of Australia where the author resides, other countries, bioregions, places, and contexts figure into the analysis. The chapters are presented as essays on diverse subjects, all organized around the common strand of rethinking plants through culture, art, and poetry. In re-imagining the vegetal, Posthuman Plants draws from ethnographic, auto-ethnographic, historical, and literary sources and develops plant-based theoretical models that blur disciplinary boundaries. This broadly-ranging work will be of interest to international audiences, especially researchers in the fields of environmental studies and ecological humanities.