The environmental threat has gained high profile within the media and has been placed at the centre of the political agenda. The Green Movement warns that drastic action is needed to prevent global warming, the exhaustion of raw materials and the extinction of species. But has the alarm they have generated hindered rather than assisted some of the genuine issues at stake?
In this book, Wilfred Beckerman sets out to expose the hollowness of the Green’s claim to the moral high ground in environmental policy and the falsity of their argument that sustainable development is threatened by the exhaustion of so-called “finite resources”. He discusses the difficulties involved in basic ethical issues such as intergenerational justice and the value of species preservation, and sets out the nature of the case for the retention of biodiversity. He aims to show that, far from there being any conflict in the long run between economic growth and the environment, growth is a necessary condition for the solution of genuine environmental problems, particularly those of the Third World.