Chapter 16


Phil McManus

Sustainable development presents a major challenge to geography to demonstrate its capability and relevance to what may be the most important public issue of our time. . . Geographers somehow missed the opportunity to be the central unifying discipline for the environmental movement in the 1960s. The opportunity has risen again in the sustainable development thrust. (Manning, 1990, pp290, 299)


Geography is an ideal discipline for the academic advancement and promulgation of the concept of sustainable development. This is due to the long historical involvement of geographers in the investigating environmental processes and nature–society relations. There is, however, a sense that geographers have ...

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