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A History, Revised and Updated Edition

Jeremy L. Caradonna

August 2022

ISBN: 9780197625033

352 pages

Price: £14.99



From one of the world's leading experts on the subject, a fully updated introduction to the sustainability movement from the 1600s to today.

  • Offers a concise, readable history of sustainability along with an overview of the movement in the present day
  • Considers sustainability across many domains: urbanism, ecological design, forestry, economics, trade, population, architecture, transportation, business, education, social justice, and more.
  • Written in a serious yet engaging manner, it is suitable both for university students and the broader reading public

About the Author(s)

Jeremy L. Caradonna, Adjunct Professor of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria

Jeremy L. Caradonna teaches in the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. He has written three books, including a book on the French Enlightenment, a guide for transitioning to organic vegetable production, and the first edition of Sustainability: A History. He is a much sought-after speaker and presenter on sustainability. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, CNN, The Narwhal, resilience.org, The Conversation Canada, The History News Network, and more.

Table of Contents

    1. Loath This Growth: Sources of Sustainability in the Early Modern World
    2. The Industrial Revolution and Its Discontents
    3. Eco-Warriors: The Environmental Movement and the Growth of Ecological Wisdom, 1960s-1970s
    4. Eco-Nomics
    5. From Concept to Movement
    6. Sustainability Today: 2000 - Present
    7. The Future: 10 Challenges for Sustainability


"A superb survey of the most important concept of the 21st century. Thoughtful, cogent, and essential reading." - David W. Orr, Oberlin College, author of Down to the Wire

"Caradonna rapidly traces a thread through centuries of thinkers and political movements. Along the way he ably documents the fact that interest in environmental quality has grown over the last three centuries and that government has as often been used to undermine environmental quality as to support it." - EH.Net

"“Perhaps best in Caradonna's book is his ability to paint vivid historical concepts in easily-understood terms. Deft writing aids Caradonna's critique of modern industrialization.” -Englewood Review of Books "