Takes students beyond theory to the difficulty of the practice of sustainable development. Introduces the topic historically and addresses the current debates over the meaning of sustainable development and sustainability. Explains the longstanding discussions concerning economic growth and common resource allocation and introduces the difficult task of measuring human impacts. Applies theoretical concerns to the issue of climate pollution in Canada, with particular focus on how we generate and consume energy. Gives students the opportunity to reflect on their own lives, and on the practices of sustainable development in their own communities.