Where We Stand: A Surprising Look at the Real State of Our Planet

Where We Stand: A Surprising Look at the Real State of Our Planet

Where We Stand: A Surprising Look at the Real State of Our Planet

Where We Stand: A Surprising Look at the Real State of Our Planet


Global warming, new epidemics, and the destruction of natural resources have all made the future of the planet seem increasingly dire. But the real truth, according to respected scientist Dr. Seymour Garte, is that the environment is actually in better shape than we have been led to believe.

Where We Stand will serve as a reality check for a debate surrounded by controversy. Garte presents irrefutable evidence that the state of the environment and human welfare has been improving steadily for the past two decades and that our efforts to " save the planet" are working. Contrary to popular opinion, the air and water are getting cleaner, cancer rates are decreasing, and forestation is improving. Meant to motivate - not to lull - Where We Stand will energize future efforts with the knowledge that we can make a difference. In giving us the good news, Garte does not neglect the bad; those issues that urgently need to be dealt with. There is still work to be done, but with a clearer picture of where we stand today, we will have a better chance for tomorrow. Hopeful, balanced, and convincing, this is a book that will change the way readers view the planet and the future.


One of the triggers that prompted me to write this book was my attendance at a small symposium in New York on technology and democracy. the panel members were, by and large, liberal academic social scientists who talked about the loss of empowerment of ordinary people in making decisions regarding their own futures vis-à-vis technological developments. One of the speakers concluded his remarks by saying that it is always a mistake to think that problems caused by technology, such as pollution, loss of biodiversity, or damage to the ecosystem, could ever be “fixed” by technological solutions. Only widespread and complete social overhaul (not defined in any further detail) could accomplish this. the speaker then went on to say that in fact “there have never been any successful attempts at reversing the declining trend in environmental quality and public health, and therefore technology simply cannot be trusted.”

I asked the speaker how he could say such a thing in the face of the dramatic reduction in lead pollution and blood lead levels in children. I reminded him that sulfur dioxide (SO) and particle emissions had been steadily decreasing for over a decade, that the ozone layer depletion had been halted and reversed, and that automotive emissions of toxic pollutants had been cut dramatically. and all of these reversals of technology-driven decline were accomplished with the help of science and technology. the speaker had the grace to admit his error but pointed out, correctly of course, that many more problems remain to be solved.

I realized that there is a pervasive attitude in this country among edu-

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