Magazine article New Internationalist

From This Month's Editor

Magazine article New Internationalist

From This Month's Editor

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'Planet Earth stands on the cusp of disaster and people should no longer take it for granted that their children and grandchildren will survive in the environmentally degraded world of the 21st century.' So said Britain's Independent newspaper in reporting on the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, released at the end of March.

As a father of three children, words like these strike terror into my heart. And so they should. Yet I know full well that the general election which will take place in Britain just after this issue is published will have seen environmental issues pushed to the very margins of political debate, as if they were of minimal concern beside the economy or the War on Terror. And I know that the same was true in the Australian and US elections at the end of last year.

It is hard to escape the sense that we are collectively fiddling while the whole planet burns. …

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