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Reclaiming Sustainability - a talk based on the book ‘Sustainability: a cultural history’, by Ulrich Grober

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Reclaiming ‘sustainability’ is based on the book ‘Sustainability: A cultural history’, by Ulrich Grober (Green Books, 2012), which Ray Cunningham translated from the original German. It argues that the term ‘sustainability’, although diluted and abused almost to death in recent years, is too valuable to be abandoned, and that the best way to defend and reclaim it is to gain a fuller understanding of its meaning and value by investigating its origins and the history of its use over time. The book takes us from the Old Testament via medieval Venice, the court of Louis XIV and the silver mines of 18th century Saxony to the West Coast hippies of the 1960s and finally to contemporary economic and environmental policy-making. This talk is a whistle-stop tour of the highlights.

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