The concept of sustainable development was set out in the Brundtland Report in 1987 and since has become part of the environmental and political vocabulary of the South and the North.
Author Duncan M. Taylor argues, however, that the term sustainable development is often misused. He uses the crisis in Canada's forestry and agriculture to show the need to rethink contemporary economic and environmental policies, and offers recommendations for a strategy of resource sustainability for Canada.
Off Course shows that we must accept the imperatives of environmental sustainability, and adapt human and institutional behaviour to those imperatives.
Duncan M. Taylor is an assistant professor of environmental studies at the University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia. He is a founder and director of Earth Day Canada.