Global Environmental Sustainability

Global Environmental Sustainability

Case Studies and Analysis of the United Nations’ Journey toward Sustainable Development

1st Edition - October 31, 2020

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  • Author: Choy Keong
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128224137
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128224199

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Global Environmental Sustainability: Case Studies and Analysis of the United Nations’ Journey toward Sustainable Development presents an integrated, interdisciplinary analysis of sustainable development, addressing global environmental problems in the contemporary world. It critically examines current actions being taken on global and local scales, particularly in relation to the UN’s efforts to promote sustainable development. This approach is supported by empirical analysis, drawing upon a host of interweaving insights spanning economics, politics, ecology, environmental philosophy, and ethics, among others. As a result, it offers a comprehensive and well-balanced assessment of the overall perspective of sustainable development supported by in-depth content analysis, theoretical evaluation, empirical and actual case studies premised on solid data, and actual field work. Also, the book marks a milestone in placing the Covid-19 pandemic into a perspective for understanding the universality of human collective environmental behavior and action.By utilizing in-depth analysis, both quantitative and qualitative, and challenging the status quo of what is expected in the global approach to sustainable development, Global Environmental Sustainability provides the theory and methodology of empirical sustainable development which is especially germane to our advanced society today, which is deeply entrenched in a crisis of environmental morality. More particularly, it serves as a salient source of moral reconstitution of society grounded in empirical reality to liberate man’s excessive spirit of individualism and self-aggrandizement to the detriment of the environment. Epistemologically, the book furnishes a remarkable tour de force with a new level of analytical insight to help researchers, practitioners, and policymakers in sustainability and environmental science, as well as the many other disciplines involved in sustainable development, to better understand sustainability from a new perspective and provides a methodological direction to pursue solutions going forward.

Key Features

  • Provides a systematic exposition of sustainable development in all its complexity, with all the chapters complementing each other in an integral way
  • Presents extensive empirical evidence of various environmental problems across the world including China, the United States, Canada, Southeast Asia, South America and Africa, and the extent to which the United Nations has succeeded in driving toward global environmental sustainability
  • Provides a cogent examination of the treatment of our global commons by some of the world’s most powerful leaders
  • Includes data from field studies and in-depth interviews with indigenous people in Borneo’s rainforests of the Malaysian state of Sarawak most affected by environmental change


Researchers and practitioners in environmental science, management and policy as well as sustainability

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction: Sustainable development-a preliminary reflection
    2. The United Nations’ journey to global environmental sustainability since Stockholm: An assessment
    3. The United Nations’ journey to global environmental sustainability since Stockholm: The paradox
    4. Greening for a sustainable future: The ethical connection
    5. The nexus of environmental ethics and environmental sustainability: An empirical assessment
    6. The United Nations environmental education initiatives: The green education failure and the way forward
    7. Summary and conclusion

Product details

  • No. of pages: 464
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2020
  • Published: October 31, 2020
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128224137
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128224199

About the Author

Choy Keong

Dr. Choy Yee Keong, Ph.D. is currently a Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer in Environmental Economic Theory in the Faculty of Economics, Keio University, Tokyo. He is also a member of the review committee of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). Prior to this, he was with the National Institutes for the Humanities, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN), Kyoto, Japan as an invited scholar. He was also an Assistant Professor and Research Fellow at Kyoto University. He has over 10 years of field research experience in development and environmental issues in Southeast Asia, especially in Malaysia. He has also published extensively in various international peer-reviewed journals and has presented his papers at numerous international conferences held in various parts of the world. He has also often been invited by various universities to deliver public lectures on development, energy, and environmental issues.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer in Environmental Economic Theory, Faculty of Economics, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan

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