Science, sustainability and the human prospect
He examines the specific contributions that science and engineering can make to the development of a sustainable society, highlighting energy as a key example. Science education is also important, he says, with scientific understanding no longer only desirable but an imperative for building truly representative democracies.
New ways of providing for a society that has outstripped the limits of global sustainability must be found, he says. This will require an integrated multidimensional approach — it is now time to decide whether the difficult challenges of the past year will jolt us into finding and accepting them.
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Reference: Science 297, 954 (2002)