Civilization faces ‘perfect storm of ecological and social problems’

February 23, 2012 • Climate Change & Mitigation, Daily Email Recap

The following news report appeared in the environmental section of the The Guardian’s website titled “Global Development”. The report is based on the release of a synthesis paper created from key messages found in individual papers written by the past 18 winners of the Asahi Glass Foundation’s Blue Planet Prize. The Blue Planet prize is reported to be the “unofficial Nobel for the environment”.

Civilisation faces ‘perfect storm of ecological and social problems’
Abuse of the environment has created an ‘absolutely unprecedented’ emergency, say Blue Planet prizewinners

John Vidal, environment editor

Monday 20 February 2012 09.45 EST

Celebrated scientists and development thinkers today warn that civilisation is faced with a perfect storm of ecological and social problems driven by overpopulation, overconsumption and environmentally malign technologies.

In the face of an “absolutely unprecedented emergency”, say the 18 past winners of the Blue Planet prize – the unofficial Nobel for the environment – society has “no choice but to take dramatic action to avert a collapse of civilisation. Either we will change our ways and build an entirely new kind of global society, or they will be changed for us”.

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