BBC Reith Lectures 2000
for the Earth
- Jonathon Porritt
- Chris Patten
- Tom Lovejoy
- John Browne
& Population - Gro Harlem Brundtland
& Globalisation - Vandana Shiva
Royal View and Conclusion - HRH The
Prince of Wales
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The contributors and the BBC, 2000
have a deep survival instinct. They do everything they can to secure
their own survival chances. And that is as true of humans as it
is of the Siberian tiger or the lowliest of bacteria. We humans
even have a name for the survival instinct: its called 'sustainable
development'. Which means quite simply, living on this plant as
if we intended to go on living here forever.
With ever increasing
pressures on the planet's resources, how can we move through the
twenty-first century without risking our own extinction? As the
world population heads towards ten billion, can everybody's needs
be met? And can democracy address these vital questions?
drawn from the 2000 BBC Reith Lectures are by five different thinkers
from around the world. All are eminent in their own fields: governance;
biodiversity; business; health and population; poverty and globalisation.
Each brings a uniquely stimulating perspective to the complex issues
of sustainable development. And there is the original and important
contribution by HRH, The Prince of Wales, a passionate exponent
of ecological issues, together with a stimulating variety of contributions
from around the world.
development is a central problem facing the globe. These lectures
provide an in-depth introduction to the issue