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Our Common Future

United Nations, March 1987


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Resource information:
Resource IDunwced1987
Resource titleOur Common Future
Author(s)World Commission on Environment and Development
Publication/ sourceUnited Nations
Date publishedMarch 1987
Summary text/ abstractIn the middle of the 20th century, we saw our planet from space for the first time. Historians may eventually find that this vision had a greater impact on thought than did the Copernican revolution of the 16th century, which upset the human self-image by revealing that the Earth is not the centre of the universe. This new reality, from which there is no escape, must be recognized – and managed. Fortunately, this new reality coincides with more positive developments new to this century. From space, we can see and study the Earth as an organism whose health depends on the health of al its parts. We have the power to reconcile human affairs with natural laws and to thrive in the process. In this our cultural and spiritual heritages can reinforce our economic interests and survival imperatives. This Commission believes that people can build a future that is more prosperous, more just, and more secure. Our report, Our Common Future, is not a prediction of ever increasing environmental decay, poverty, and hardship in an ever more polluted world among ever decreasing resources. We see instead the possibility for a new era of economic growth, one that must be based on policies that sustain and expand the environmental resource base. And we believe such growth to be absolutely essential to relieve the great poverty that is deepening in much of the developing world.
Library categories'Limits to Growth', Politics
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