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Planet Dialectics - By Wolfgang Sachs
by Chris Evans on Jun 26, 2004 - 11:41 AM EDT

I just finished reading Planet Dialectics (, a collection of papers and articles published by Wolfgang Sachs, a senior researcher at the Wuppertal Institute in Germany (

Dr. Sachs challenges a lot of the terminology and philosophy centred around Sustainable Development. He investigates the history behind such terms as "resource management", "efficiency", "justice" and of course the always-ambiguous "sustainable development"; revealing that these contemporary concepts are mired in imperialistic, Western-centric roots.

Overall Sachs calls for efficiency balanced with sufficiency; a concept that calls for a fundamental shift in values towards limiting our rate of consumption, rather than simply consuming greater amounts more efficiently.

Totally recommended for EWB'ers interested in investigating sustainable development issues.