Sustainability in Poland – Synopsis

Sustainability in Poland

Challenges of Sustainable Development in Poland

Edited by Jakub Kronenberg and Tomasz Bergier
Published by the Sendzimir Foundation, 2010

This book is at once a guide for sustainable development professionals and a handbook for those interested in further studies on sustainability. It not only explains and exemplifies the issues of sustainability discussed herein, but it also offers a resource for practitioners in business, local authorities, non-governmental organisations and indeed individuals, wanting to undertake activities directed towards sustainable development.

This book consists of 15 chapters supplemented with descriptions of sustainability tools and related case studies in Poland. These case studies are particularly useful for both teaching and practical application. In preparing this book, the authors have applied their extensive practical and research experience in this.

This book aims to open up views on a very different world, one that can flourish without growing and prosper without polluting. Ideas that in Poland have emerged from decades of exploration by Poles can offer inspiration to everyone that they too can join experiments that demonstrate how we can live securely even in a world changing faster than it has done in living memory. Sustainability is not a credo to be adopted, it is an inspiration to test ideas and experiment. Polish experience in this regard teaches that to survive one has to get up and ride on the waves of change, even as we invent and build the vessels with which we will ride upon them.

Dr Jan Sendzimir, from the foreword

Although the paradigm of sustainable development is widely accepted by the international community, educated citizens of Poland remain unaware of its principles more generally. Therefore a course on sustainable development taught at all universities and in all fields of studies will help to change this situation. However, until now there has been no textbook that could be used as a basis for such a course. This book meets this need.

Professor Ryszard Janikowski

The book is particularly relevant because it highlights the Polish situation with regards to sustainability.

Professor Leszek Preisner