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Thursday, 22 February 2007 14:09
The Melbourne Age reported on the Victorian Convergence on the Global Sustainability Emergency which unfortunately I was unable to attend. I believe that the last few paragraphs on the implications for business of "wildcards" are particularly relevant. A state of emergency on global sustainability should be declared, writes Stephen McGrail. LAST week a group of sustainability advocates met to discuss the possibility of declaring a formal "state of emergency". {I was invited, but unable to attend} Now, you may dismiss these advocates as loonies, but the Victorian Convergence on the Global Sustainability Emergency provides insight into what the future might hold ˜ to those willing to pay close attention. The group reviewed the many inconvenient and interconnected truths ˜ such as climate change, the water crisis, threats to biodiversity, pressures on biological systems, peaking of conventional oil supplies and increasing socio-economic inequality ˜ and concluded that they add up to a sustainability emergency. On its own, this provides useful insight into the consensus-view of activists. But this should be taken one giant step further. Suppose for a moment that these activists, thinkers and scientists were successful. Suppose they managed to get our political leaders to declare a formal "state of emergency". What then? Hold this moment in your mind. What changes can you imagine flowing on and what would be their impact? ...