The book provides an assessment of whether sustainability is realizable in the current societal framework based on what has been achieved so far. What are the challenges and what are the levers necessary to meet them? Through a revision of the essence of sustainability based on the Brundtland definition of 1987 the book provides an opportunity to view sustainability from an alternative perspective, one that goes beyond the current interpretations and misinterpretations of the construct. This in order to understand the deeper level of the radical change that sustainability represents. To build the argument the sustainable development model is compared with current development theories and models, and alternative solutions based on radical societal shifts in the past. The differences are highlighted and discussed. The book outlines the limitations to embedding sustainability in the current paradigm pointing out as well as defining the multiple, cross-sectoral and systemic barriers that hinder the transition occurring from an unsustainable to a sustainable state. It defines the levers that can be applied to overcome existing barriers – and reflects on the long-term results as a consequence. The book assesses the positive results that can be achieved within the current systemic framework, based on case stories. Finally, the book offers perspectives on and encompassing recent events and initiatives including the threat of climate change, the pandemic as well as the multiple mitigation and transition initiatives undertaken globally.
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