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Open Access Green Economy – the Next Oxymoron?

No Lessons Learned from Failures of Implementing Sustainable Development

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The concept of a green economy has become the new buzz word in sustainability discourses, particularly in light of the Rio+20 Conference. Because of the current economic crisis and the perception that sustainability politics cannot be implemented efficiently, politicians have set their hopes on greening the economy. However, there are major problems with the aims and strategies linked to this concept. Specifically, if political, economical, and cultural constraints are not consid ered, green economy strategies will not be successful in their goals to end environmental degradation and reducing poverty.

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Keywords: ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS; IMPERIAL MODE OF LIVING; IMPLEMENTATION FAILURE; RIO+20

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 March 2012

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