Green!   . . . by ALL MEANS      

John Brower


   The Case for Optimism

We do face risks for survival, but if we change course, there are probabilities of a decent life for all people. here are 10 major steps that must be taken now.

By Maurice Strong


Are we headed for planetary doomsday? Is the human prospect as bleak and unpromising as the prophets of doom suggest? I believe that there is a case for hope, that doomsday is not inevitable.


There is hope in the dawning realization of our basic interdependence in caring for and sharing the worlds precious resources.

There is hope in the attitudes of young people, their questioning of the competitive, materialistic values of our society, in their awakening sensitivities to its inequities and injustices.

There is hope in the courageous experimentation of some people, particularly youth, with new, simpler, more human life-styles, which are pioneering new concepts of growth and alternative development patterns.

There is hope in the growing number of positive examples of the way the creative uses of technology, combined with political will, can indeed produce a better and more livable environment.

There is hope in many parts of the developing world where traditional values and cultures have been harmonized with modern technology to permit the achievement of a quality of life that is in no way inferior to that enjoyed by the wealthier societies and in many ways has much to teach them.

There is hope in the nature of man himself, man at his best, and in the evidence in our past that we can and do respond to appeals to our higher values and our larger concepts of enlightened self interest.


I am fully persuaded that the case for hope must begin with a realistic acknowledgment of the fact that we do indeed face risks to our survival and, perhaps more importantly, to the survival of the qualities and values which endow human life with its higher purposes and meaning.

Doomsday is possible, -- even probable -- if we continue on our present course, but it is not inevitable. It is possible to opt for a future of unparalleled promise and opportunity for the human species. But this future can come about only if we make a radical change in our present course.


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