BOOK SERIES: SOCIAL-ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY
CRC Press (an imprint of the Taylor and Francis Publishing Group), a large publisher with representatives in over 100 countries, has asked me to create and shepherd a series of books on global issues. I have chosen "Social-Environmental Sustainability." My purpose in accepting the publisher's request and in writing to you now is to find potential authors who have the foresight, courage, and will to raise their voices on behalf of the world's children by elevating the level of social consciousness of the causes we set in motion and thereby improving the consequences or effects for all generations—present and future. For me personally, this series of books is my way of leaving this magnificent plant spinning miraculously in space a little better for the privilege of having been here.
Having learned little or nothing from history, we humans are currently destroying the very environment from which our society sprang and on which it relies for continuance. Moreover, every decision we make—wise or unwise—becomes the irrevocable legacy we pass to all generations, and we give them no voice.
If we truly care about those who will inherit the consequences of our decisions, if we truly want social-environmental sustainability and a good quality of life for today, tomorrow, and beyond, we must change our materialistic values and the endless, economic competition they provoke—and be persistent in that change. We must, through the choices we make, dare to reach beyond where we are, beyond where we feel safe, while understanding that we will never have perfect knowledge.
We must become students of processes and let go our advocacy of positions and embattlements over winning agreement with narrow points of view because there are no biological short cuts, technological quick fixes, or political hype embodied in our current symptomatic thinking that can mend what is broken. Dramatic, fundamental change in the form of systemic thinking is necessary if we are sincerely committed to attaining environmental sustainability and the social justice it engenders.
With this intention, "Social-Environmental Sustainability" is a series of books designed to examine our human-caused, global problems in terms of nature's biophysical support systems and propose solutions to move society toward a sustainable environment and a socially just culture for all generations. As such, each book in this series is thoughtfully selected to add a new dimension in the resolution of our problems—not just repackage old ideas. In this sense, each book comprises part of a roadmap of where to go and what to do when people are at last forced to accept the changes they have fought against for so long.
If you have an idea for a potential book, one you feel committed to create for the betterment of our world-or know someone who does, please CONTACT ME. We can then discuss your idea to see whether it will fit within the attached series description. If so, I will send you the book proposal format. Your chosen book project must have a clearly sustainable environmental component because the series is designed specifically to demonstrate the reciprocal relationships between society and its environment. A book on purely social issues will not fit in this series. I look forward to hearing from you.
Chris Maser, Series Editor
Cameron La Follette and Chris Maser. Sustainability and the Rights of Nature: An Introduction. For more information, see: Sustainability and the Rights of Nature: An Introduction
Chris Maser. Interactions of Land, Ocean and Humans: A Global Perspective. 2014. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. For more information, see:
Interactions of Land, Ocean and Humans: A Global Perspective
Jane Silberstein and Chris Maser. Land-Use Planning For Sustainable Development (Second Edition) 2014. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. For more information, see: Land-Use Planning For Sustainable Development
Timothy D. Schowalter. Insects and Sustainability of Ecosystem Services. 2013. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. For more information, see: Insects and Sustainability of Ecosystem Services
Wayne A. White. Biosequestration and Ecological Diversity: Mitigating and Adapting To Climate Change and Ecological Degradation. 2013. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. For more information, see: Biosequestration and Ecological Diversity: Mitigating and Adapting To Climate Change and Ecological Degradation
Chris Maser, with a chapter by Jessica K. La Porte. Decision Making For A Sustainable Environment: A Systemic Approach. 2012. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. For more information, see: Decision Making for a Sustainable Environment: A Systemic Approach
Chris Maser and Carol Pollio. Resolving Environmental Conflicts: Second Edition. 2011. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. For more information, see: Resolving Environmental Conflicts
Russ Beaton and Chris Maser. Economics And Ecology: United for a Sustainable World. 2011. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. For more information, see: Economics And Ecology
Mark B. Weldon. Fundamentals of Practical Environmentalism. 2011. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. For more information, see: Fundamentals of Practical Environmentalism
Okechukwu Ukaga, Chris Maser, and Michael Reichenbach (authors and editors) Sustainable Development: Principles, Frameworks, And Case Studies. 2010. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. 216 pp. For more information, see: Sustainable Development
Chris Maser. Social-Environmental Planning: The Design Interface Between Everyforest and Everycity. 2009. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. 320 pp. For more information, see: Social-Environmental Planning
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