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In 1972, The Club of Rome in the book "Limits to Growth" gave us 40 years of warning of approaching environmental and resource shortage problems.
In 1992, at Rio, the first global conference on the environment the "Earth Summit" was held. A framework for sustainable environmental practices was laid out in 40 chapters, some 800 pages of text. Proposals to limit resource use and to impose pollution taxes were not accepted. In the end there was no agreement on an Earth Charter.
Today, scientists say that to avert catastrophic global warming, rich countries in the world led by the USA need to reduce their greenhouse gases emissions by 40% as quickly as possible and to cut emissions by 80% (based on 1990 emissions) by 2050. Present commitments don't come close to achieving that. The failure of the COP 15 climate change conference in Copenhagen is further evidence that politicians of the world are incapable of addressing the issues that human political and economic behaviours are creating.
We have created a global world where millions of people in poor countries seek to build industrial economies powered by low grade coal, gas and oil. This will increase global trade and the money income of millions of people, but will add massively to degradation of the environment. Rev. Prof. Lloyd Geering says, "The responsibility for all life on Earth lies with mankind." ... "We are at war with the Earth itself." ... "This century will be a time of judgement."
Home: The Movie
Home is a beautiful view of the Earth taken from above with a commentary on the reality you are seeing. HOME has been made for you : share it! And act for the planet.
03 Jun 2009 - "We are living in exceptional times. Scientists tell us that we have 10 years to change the way we live, avert the depletion of natural resources and the catastrophic evolution of the Earth's climate.
The stakes are high for us and our children. Everyone should take part in the effort, and HOME has been conceived to take a message of mobilization out to every human being.
"Yann Arthus-Bertrand is an aesthete with the soul of a moralist. He uses the beauty of the world to beguile you into a photograph in which a larger lesson awaits. His lesson is about the planet in jeopardy."
Richard Lacayo, Time
Prof. Jan Pronk, tells us that there are no unused resources, and that all development is based on conflict between alternatives. There's always a struggle by elites to control water, land, and access to minerals and political power. Elites have been very good at capturing the benefits of globalisation for themselves. The rich are getting very rich. They are not willing to see the system change in any way that would reduce their influence.
The Lord Thomas Bingham of Cornhill, talks about the great need for International Law.
Law to help: Prevent conflict between nation statesTo mitigate against climate change
To regulate world tradeTo conserve resources
To regulate world financial markets To protect human rights.
He says that in the past politicians have felt free, as sovereign states, to knowingly ignore International Law when it suited their purposes. Of course we would all like the freedom to act as we choose. But we know that in a global world we all have to be reasonable, and we expect that of others too. Otherwise society would be an unpleasant place for us all. Acceptance of a measure of constraint is the price of an ordered society.
Lord Nicholas Stern of Brentford
The Stern Report (2006) claimed that we needed to invest 2% of GDP annually, in reducing global emissions. Acting NOW, would greatly reduce the lifetime cost for effective control of greenhouse gases. Lord Stern, an economist, thought that markets should reflect the true cost of CO2 emissions and proposed a tax of US$50 a tonne.
We see everywhere unwillingness to act. Inability to act. Refusal even to admit there is a problem at all. It seems that, so long as we don't need to change what we do, we are quite happy. So the future is closing, and we are the direct cause of that. The population collapse on Easter Island is evidence of where our present effort to grow the world economy finally leads. To emphasize the inaction listen to Severn Suzuki speaking to the Rio meeting in 1994. (6.45 min)
This site is focused on creating an "Open Future©". It is my belief that human-kind can recognise what's happening and act in a sensible way, and do so in time to prevent disaster. I believe the Internet is one of the tools that will make this possible. We begin where we are. First seek to understand. Four.Years.Go. is one step along that road.