"When the Group of Seven (the United States, Japan, West Germany, Britain, France, Canada, and Italy) held its fifteenth annual economic summit in Paris in July 1989, environmental issues got major attention for the first time. Some even called it the 'environmental summit.' The group pledged to work together to preserve the global environment, saying in its communiue: 'Decisive action is urgently needed to understand and protect the earth's ecological balance. We will work together to achieve the common goals of preserving a healthy and balance global environment in order to meet shared economic and social objectives.' This is part of the growing sense that a new erea of cooperation among all countries is required to deal with our common global environment. The world's preoccupation with defense . . . is being replaced by concern about the destruction of our natural environment, now our most common problem."
MEGATRENDS 2000, John Naisbitt and Patricia Aburdene
With increasing concern about the earth's ecological imbalance, as well as a growing awareness of the relationship between the global economy and the global environment, what policy issues will likely face the enterprise of the 21st century?
the two centuries since Smith published, most of what he wrote has been
questioned and much has been amplified, elaborated and modified. But the
one thing not questioned has been the same idea Smith himself failed to
question: the old mercantilist tautology that nations are the salient entities
for understanding the structure of economic life. . . Nations are political
and military entities, and so are blocs of nations. But it doesn't necessarily
follow from this that they are also the basic, salient entities of economic
life or that they are particularly useful for probing the mysteries of
economic structure, the reasons for rise and decline of wealth."
CITIES AND THE WEALTH OF NATIONS: Principles of Economic Life; Jane Jacobs, 1984
By 2020, what relationship to the global economic system will nations have?
Where will most of the education and training of knowledge workers come from?
By 2020 what percentage of US land will be unusable or unable to support healthy life styles?
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