Corporate Capitalism: A Major Barrier to Ecologically and Socially Sustainable Development Alternatives

Ian M McGregor


The concept of Ecologically Sustainable Development has emerged from a recognition that all terrestrial systems, be they natural or human, are interconnected. Ecologically Sustainable Development therefore requires that all our social and economic systems must operate in a way that sustains the earth.

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