In the middle of the 20th century, we saw our planet from space for the first time.
From space, we see a small and fragile ball.
Over the course of this century, the relationship between the human world and the planet that sustains it has undergone a profound change.
The traditional forms of national sovereignty raise particular problems in managing the ‘global commons’ and their shared ecosystems – the oceans, outer space, and Antarctica. Many such changes are accompanied by life-threatening hazards.
Our Common Future, does not have to be a prediction of ever-increasing environmental decay, poverty, and hardship in an ever more polluted world among ever decreasing resources but the time has come to take the decisions needed to secure the resources to sustain this and coming generations.
This new reality, from which there is no escape, must be recognized – and managed.
There are more hungry people in the world than ever before, and their numbers are increasing. So are the numbers who cannot read or write, the numbers without safe water or safe and sound homes, and the numbers short of wood fuel with which to cook and warm themselves. It is impossible to separate economic development issues from environment issues; many forms of development erode the environmental resources upon which they must be based, and environmental degradation can undermine economic development.
Poverty is a major cause and effect of global environmental problems.
The gap between rich and poor nations is widening – not shrinking – and there is little prospect, given present trends and institutional arrangements, that this process will be reversed.
Humanity’s inability to fit its activities.
There is a growing scientific consensus that species are disappearing at rates never before witnessed on the planet, although there is also controversy over those rates and the risks they entail. Yet there is still time to halt this process
The changes in human attitudes that we call for depend on a vast campaign of education, debate, and public participation. A new international programme for cooperation among largely non-governmental organizations, scientific bodies, and industry groups should therefore be established for this purpose.
By the turn of the century, almost half of humanity will live in cities; the world of the 21st century will be a largely urban world. A safe and sustainable energy pathway is crucial to sustainable development; we have not yet found it
The world manufactures seven times more goods today than it did as recently as 1950. There is only one solution. CAP GREED AT SOURCE.( See previous blogs)