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Chapter Five: Outlook and Recommendations

Outlook for the 21st century

- Time is running out
- New problems
- and continued successes
- The overall trend

-- Recommendations for action


The beginning of a new millennium finds the planet Earth poised between two conflicting trends. A wasteful and invasive consumer society, coupled with continued population growth, is threatening to destroy the resources on which human life is based. At the same time, society is locked in a struggle against time to reverse these trends and introduce sustainable practices that will ensure the welfare of future generations.

Whilst the overall outcome is still unclear, the GEO-2000 assessment shows both that time is running out on some issues and also that new problems are surfacing to compound an already difficult situation. However, there have also been some remarkable achievements in halting environmental degradation.


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