In The Irresponsible Pursuit of Paradise, Dr. Jim L. Bowyer clearly documents an ethically bankrupt position that underlies much of our environmental policy. High consumption in wealthy countries usually goes hand-in-hand with resistance to domestic raw materials extraction and half-hearted interest in recycling. Because of this, the world’s wealthiest countries increasingly rely on imported raw materials from poorer nations to fuel consumption. This, in turn, allows citizens of wealthy countries to smugly enjoy high levels of consumption with minimal exposure to the environmental impacts of that consumption. Bowyer concludes, “Contrary to common practice today, high consuming nations need to be asking, ‘Why not in my back yard?’”
“This positive-thinking book should be read by all students, general public, and decision-makers seeking enhanced understanding of current environmental and societal issues.” — John Helms,Professor Emeritus, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, University of California, Berkeley
“I highly recommend the book to everyone who wants to understand the seldom-discussed foundational issues that will define our children’s and grandchildren’s world.”— Robert Malmsheimer, Professor, Natural Resources Environmental Policy and Law, State University of New York, Syracuse
“A nicely-written book that explores in depth the threat that rising population and economic growth pose to the environment and resource availability.” — John Tilton, Research Professor and University Professor Emeritus, Division of Economics and Business, Colorado School of Mines, Boulder
“Dr. Bowyer turns the lens around to our own often hypocritical or counter-productive behaviors towards sustainability.” — Jennifer O’Connor, President, Athena Sustainable Materials Institute, Ottawa, Ontario
Jim L. Bowyer
Dr. Jim L. Bowyer is Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering and Director of the Responsible Materials Program in Dovetail Partners, Inc. He has published widely on the topics of life cycle assessment, carbon tracking and reporting, bioenergy, green building standards, and environmental policy and is a frequent speaker nationally and internationally on these topics.