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Life in 2030
Exploring a Sustainable Future for Canada
John B. Robinson  

$77.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 10/8/1996
ISBN: 9780774805629    

$34.95 Paperback
Release Date: 10/8/1996
ISBN: 9780774805698    

184 Pages

Sustainability and the Environment series


About the Book

Life in 2030 is a ground-breaking, practical, and, above all, positive vision of life in twenty-first-century Canada. As we move into the next century, the development of sustainable and environmentally benign patterns of resource utilization and socioeconomic development is an essential priority. In this book, John Robinson and his co-authors investigate the possibility and impacts of a sustainable future for Canada.

Based on research initiated by the Sustainable Society Project in 1988, Life in 2030 is unique in that it uses backcasting instead of forecasting to trace the path of Canada forty years into the future to the year 2030. Instead of predicting the most likely future based on current trends, the authors set out a desirable future and discuss the changes that would need to occur between 1990 and 2030 to arrive at this future vision. This vision, derived from ethical, political, and ecological principles, is not viewed as definitive, for the authors hope to inspire others to conceive of, and work towards, their own visions of a sustainable future.

Life in 2030 makes a significant contribution to interdisciplinary studies on the environment and sustainability because it develops a scenario that allows for an evaluation of the changes required to achieve a sustainable society. This book is required reading for anyone interested in a sustainable future environment. It also provides an original and provocative look at life in Canada in the twenty-first century.

About the Author(s)

John B. Robinson is the director of the Sustainable Development Research Institute and a professor in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia. He is co-editor of Managing Natural Resources in British Columbia: Markets, Regulations, and Sustainable Development (UBC Press 1995) and Achieving Sustainable Development (UBC Press 1996).

Table of Contents

Preface / Jon Tinker

1. Exploring a Sustainable Future for Canada / John B. Robinson and D. Scott Slocombe
2. The Sustainable Society Project / John B. Robinson and Caroline Van Bers
3. Defining a Sustainable Society / John B. Robinson, George Francis, Sally Lerner and Russell Legge
4. Design Criteria for a Sustainable Canadian Society / D. Scott Slocombe, Sally Lerner and Caroline Van Bers
5. Life in 2030: The Sustainability Scenario / David Biggs and John B. Robinson
6. Achieving a Sustainable Society / D. Scott Slocombe, Sally Lerner, George Francis and John B. Robinson
7. A Retrospective / George Francis

A. Project Participants and Project Papers
B. The Socioeconomic Resource Framework / David Biggs


Life in 2030 is a valuable and stimulating contrubution to the ongoing debate on sustainable development.

- Colin Millette, Canadian Book Review Annual, 1996

Sample Chapter

A sample chapter of this title is not available at this time. For further information, please email

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