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Climate change: a tipping point for a move towards sustainable development?

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No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it. We have to learn to see the world anew (Einstein).

The major problems in the world are the result of the differences between the way nature works and the way people think (Bateson 2002).

The concepts and arguments underpinning a sustainable future and the need for society as a whole to revisit and rethink the way in which we utilise our natural assets have been in the mainstream for decades. Yet, even with the strongest ecological evidence supporting these concepts (i.e. that there are limits to resource use as well as the receiving environments ability to absorb pollutants, globally), society has been unable to make the change towards a more sustainable, ecologically conscious and intelligent future. The environmental movement—arguably one of the largest movements in the history of the world—appears to have had little impact in driving fundamental changes in world economics, governance and environmental justice. This even in the context where never before in the history of the planet have as many resources been applied at any single time to drive the sustainability agenda.
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Keywords: change; climate; development; move; point; sustainable; tipping; towards

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 13, 2009

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