Blue Planet Laureates: Environmental and Development Challenges – The Imperative to Act

| February 20, 2012 | Leave a Comment


This paper is a synthesis of the key messages from the individual papers written by the Blue Planet Laureates (Annex I describes the Blue Planet Prize), and discusses the current and projected state of the global and regional environment, and the implications for environmental, social and economic sustainability.  It addresses the drivers for change, the implications for inaction, and what is needed to achieve economic development and growth among the poor, coupled with environmental and social sustainability, and the imperative of action now.  



Gro Harlem Brundtland, Paul Ehrlich, Jose Goldemberg, James Hansen, Amory Lovins, Gene Likens, James Lovelock, Suki Manabe, Bob May, Hal Mooney, Karl-Henrik Robert, Emil Salim, Gordon Sato, Susan Solomon, Nicholas Stern, MS Swaminathan, Bob Watson, Barefoot College, Conservation International, International institute of Environment and Development, and International Union for the Conservation of Nature

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  • girdyerloins

    This was so easy to find and, while I don’t consider myself a raging intellectual, I do possess enough sense to read the paper and understand it. Consequently, I am saddened and frightened by the utterances of those I meet online who evince an attitude of insouciance, genuine or not, when confronted by such a body of revelations. Science, at least in America (I can’t speak for other countries, outside of China) has acquired the tint astrology has for skeptics, in that the science minded are barely tolerated, considered unhinged, even. This, in the one country on Earth which, up until recently, relied heavily on all matters scientific in R&D to produce many things essential to modern life.
    I’m always reminded of the wit who said, “The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds; the pessimist is afraid this might be true.”. I am the pessimist, although I do also dream of the wonderful possibilities we’re capable of, yet am sobered by inaction on the part of people who do or should know better.
    Egotism reigns on Earth. This paper offers the opposite to the occupants of lifeboat Earth.

  • Fantastic work! I am posting this at TED where Paul Gilding and James Hansen both spoke and their talks are being blogged. The awareness represented by this paper is the most significant of our age.

    Thank you! I hope to participate as much as possible in MAHB

  • Whoops — just noticed I thought your comment related to the most recent article of the month. Apologies. — J.

  • Thanks for this wonderful statement! It is imperative that we spread the word, and look for criative and innovative solutions to overcome this unsustainable economic model. Econosphere cannot be larger then Biosphere! Cities have an important role to play in this dark scenario. I’m glad to be part of this moment of transition. Hope we will get to a better world in the neat future. Let’s CHANGE NOW!

    • Thanks for your feedback! The key challenge, according to our paper, is to mobilise civil society. Would be great to get an (even more) active discussion going on the MAHB site for how to achieve this! Further comments welcome. Also see our blog: