The Local Management of Planet Earth: Towards a ‘Major Shift’ of Paradigm

Pell, David J. (1996). The Local Management of Planet Earth: Towards a ‘Major Shift’ of Paradigm. Sustainable Development, 4(3) pp. 138–148.



Local authorities have been given a vital role by Agenda 21 and, although there are many signs that UK local authorities have responded well, closer examination shows that most do not seem to have shifted their value positions significantly in relation to Rio's call for a major shift. To help motivate what is argued to be the necessary shift to a shallow green position by local authorities and then to help them to similarly motivate their citizenry as required by Agenda 21, the context within which they have to operate is examined, largely on the basis of research into the experience of the Environment Cities. The concept of civic environmental management is introduced as a means of drawing UK local authorities away from their tendency to administer environmental issues and towards providing the local strategic government of our relationship with the rest of Nature as its overarching concern. We are compelled to manage the most important global transition since the agricultural and industrial revolutions — the transition to sustainable development (Gro Harlem Bruntland at Rio)

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