Saturday, June 11, 2005

The Future Is Upon Us

The race is on between environmental destruction on a global scale and sustainable solutions. The finish line, in Jared Diamond's alarmed estimation, is only 50 years away. For Bruce Mau, sustainable solutions, already at hand, will win out. Diamond, too, hopes our civilization will learn from those in history who rose to their challenges and prospered, not suffer the fate of others who dithered and collapsed.

The decisive factor in our time is whether the consumer democracies that drive globalization are capable of the massive change that both Diamond and Mau agree is necessary over the next five decades.
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