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Sustainable Development and Governance in Europe by Thomas C. Hoerber, Pamela M. Barnes

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Conclusion – not one discourse, but many?

Pamela M. Barnes and Thomas C. Hoerber

The sustainability story line – the ‘original sin’

Sustainability entered the lexicon of political discourse in the mid-twentieth century in contrast to the hegemonic discourse of industrialism (Dryzek 2005: 13). The preoccupation with sustainability, broadly defined as the potential of an ecosystem to subsist over time, was not new (Roboratti 1999 cited in Baker 2006: 7), but by the late 1960s global awareness of the impact of economic activity on the environment had increased. Particularly apparent was the environmental damage from the heavy reliance of the industrialized world on fossil fuels as the source of energy. Evidence grew that environmental degradation ...

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