A critical and thoughtful discussion of the concept and practice of ‘green transformations’ for a more sustainable future amidst growing climate change impacts and inequalities
This book couldn’t have been published at a better time: ‘Green transformations’ are taking centre stage in the wake of the SDGs and COP21 global negotiations. Simply put, climate change refers to the fact that each of the last three decades on Earth has been successively warmer: “A continuation of this trend would make human life very difficult in many parts of our planet.” Chapters shed light on the concept of ‘green transformations’ and the various politics surrounding it, questioning what is green and what constitutes a green transformation? Scoones argues that interventions must be both ‘top-down’, involving elite alliances between states and businesses, but also bottom-up, pushed by grassroot innovators and entrepreneurs, part of wider mobilisations among civil society. Examples such as whether invoking science in sustainability debates is a help or a hindrance demonstrate how context matters in shaping much-needed pathways to sustainability.