The massive degradation of our environment and its resources is now becoming a major constraint to the economic and social development of our nation (and indeed that of other parts of the world).
Basically, we degrade our environment at both its ends:
- As a source of the raw materials, energy, water, space and life supporting processes by overutilising these
- As a sink for our wastes and unwanted outputs by overloading the absorptive capacity of our land, oceans and atmosphere
Both impacts result in reduced options for the future, for which we and our children will pay very heavily.
The papers on this subject cover the magnitude of the problem and the possibilities for its solution.
Paper : Climate Change and Poverty Eradication Pieces
Paper : Global Warming
Paper : Governance for Ecological Security Final
Paper : Water and Energy
Paper : Whither Conservation