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Published more than two decades ago, Our Common Future has remained one of the most critical reports on our future. The Brundtland Commission, an independent research committee of the United Nations was responsible for the report.
This was the first global call for action, cooperation and change of policy decisions on all institutional levels (i.e.: organizations, governments, business, citizens). Most importantly the commission was one of the first to globally acknowledge the interdependency of energy and food security, equal wealth distribution and environmental degradation. The report has given a crucial analysis on humanity’s condition if we are to sustain life on this planet. Our Common Future also argues for policy innovation that is in favor of economic growth and human progress, but that does not neglect environmental conditions. Policy innovation should thus ensure people’s responsibility‘, while it does not ‘compromise the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.’
Almost every year the Living Planet report (World Wildlife Fund in cooperation with Global Footprint Network and Zoological Society London) is updated to give a general overview on current global environmental conditions.
This summary report includes information graphics and tries to give an accessible explanation on core environmental issues. The report strives to present ecological thought to a wider audience. They propose a One Planet perspective to remind us that our choices are highly interdependent and have cascading effects. The Living Planet report can add to the understanding of scientific concepts such as ecological limits, system Earth and resource governance. These ideas gradually become part of larger societal thought and may influence and inspire the way we organize business, policies, strategies and our economies.
All Living Planet Reports 2012 including Rio+20 report ▶ http://wwf.panda.org/about_our_earth/all_publications/living_planet_report/
The Shift Report 2007/2008
'Evidence of a World Transforming' & 'Changing the Story of our Future'
We recommend these reports, which have partly provided a content basis for the vision and development of SEN. Both give a scientific and cultural analysis on global trends and the ways in which choice and awareness can organize human potential and development.
Changing worldviews, an acceleration of technology, digital connection and science, new initiatives around education, industries and economies, a reorientation of human potential and social consciousness, a rising globalized civil community, the need for institutional as well as personal transformation and increasing ecological awareness, all seem to be part of a rapidly changing world.
We are only able to provide two summary introductions of both reports ▶
The entire report can only be bought individually. If you are interested to read more, you can go to: http://noetic.org/library/magazines/shift-issue-14/ (2007) /