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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  • Joe Woodhouse

    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

  • Joern Fischer

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

  • Cecilia Herzog

    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!

    • Joern Fischer

      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: