Green Planet Blues: Environmental Politics from Stockholm to Tyoto

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JOÃO AUGUSTO DE ARAUJO CASTRO


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Environment & Development: The Case of the Developing Countries

Introduction

Interest in the field of ecology, which is centered in the developed countries, has recently increased due to the sudden discovery of a possible imbalance between man and earth. Resulting from the population explosion and the misuse of existing and newly developed technologies, this potential imbalance could bring about an environmental crisis menacing the future of mankind. In several countries the emergence of an interest in ecological problems has not been confined to the realm of the scientific community. It has aroused public concern which has expressed itself, although sometimes vaguely, in such initiatives as Earth Week, celebrated in the United States in April 1970, and the mushrooming of a specialized literature.

As would be expected, the methods envisaged to resolve on a world basis the so-called environmental crisis were inspired by the realities of a fraction of that very same world: the family of the developed countries. Furthermore, the bulk of

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Excerpted from "Environment and Development: The Case of the Developing Countries," in World Eco-crisis: International Organizations in Response, eds. David A. Kay and Eugene B. Skolnikoff. © 1972. Reprinted by permission of the University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, WI.

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