The Challenge of the 21st Century
The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 8 Dec 1988, p. 154-167
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The Challenge of the 21st Century

Anecdotal examples of the state of our environment, and of our endangered species. Indications of the extent of the problem. Our general blindness to the problems and reasons for it. Consequences of continued apathy. Being driven by the priority of global economics. A look at how economics has changed in the last few decades. Growth, progress and profit: interchangeable terms. Some fundamental problems of our planet, and the way in which we use it. Taking a different approach to the need for growth. The impossibility of continued, steady exponential growth. Negative growth. The lack of understanding of science, particularly by elected representatives, and its implications. The need for a radically different notion of society's priorities. The need for a redefinition of the word progress and of our relationship with nature.