The sustainability discourse and policy paradigm have failed to deliver. In particular, they have failed to avert the dangerously disruptive climate change which is now inevitable. So, if there is still a case for some transformed or revitalised version of sustainability, that case must now surely be made in full acknowledgment of deep-seated paradigm-failure to date. But if we really take ourselves to be living in a post-sustainable world, the issue of ‘what next?’ must be faced, and the hard questions no longer shirked. What options for political and personal action will remain open on a tragically degraded planet? How will economic and community life, political and social leadership and education be different in such a world? What will the geopolitics (of crisis, migration and conflict) look like? Where does widespread denial come from, how might it be overcome, and are there any grounds for hope that don’t rest on it?

The urgent challenge now is to confront such questions honestly. This collection of essays by thinkers from a diversity of fields including politics, philosophy, sociology, education and religion, makes a start.

This book was originally published as a special issue of Global Discourse.

chapter |6 pages


Hope after sustainability – tragedy and transformation
ByJohn Foster

chapter |13 pages

Paris: optimism, pessimism and realism

ByBrian Heatley

chapter |5 pages


Transformation, adaptation and universalism
ByNadine Andrews

chapter |11 pages

After development? In defence of sustainability

ByMike Hannis

chapter |3 pages

Response to ‘After development? In defence of sustainability’

ByLawrence Wilde

chapter |20 pages

Post-capitalism, post-growth, post-consumerism? Eco-political hopes beyond sustainability
ByIngolfur Blühdorn

chapter |4 pages


There never was a categorical ecological imperative: a response to Ingolfur Blühdorn
ByDaniel Hausknost

chapter |18 pages

On the obsolescence of human beings in sustainable development

ByUlrike Ehgartner, Patrick Gould, Marc Hudson

chapter |3 pages


Apocalyptically blinded
ByNina Isabella Moeller, J. Martin Pedersen

chapter |19 pages

Beyond sustainability: hope in a spiritual revolution?

ByRachel Bathurst

chapter |3 pages


Response to ‘Beyond sustainability: hope in a spiritual revolution?’
ByRachel Muers

chapter |3 pages


Response to ‘Environmental education after sustainability: hope in the midst of tragedy’
ByKatie Carr

chapter |15 pages

Education after sustainability

BySteve Gough

chapter |3 pages


Learning and education after sustainability
ByWilliam Scott

chapter |3 pages


Caring for the future? – a response to Rupert Read
ByJohn Foster

chapter |17 pages

On letting go

ByJohn Foster

chapter |4 pages


The future: compassion, complacency or contempt?
ByRupert Read