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"For the first time in the history of mankind, we witness a man-made environmental crisis of world-wide proportion, evidenced in explosive growth of human populations, in the poor integration of a powerful and efficient technology with environmental requirements, in the deterioration of agricultural lands, in the unplanned extension of urban areas, in the decrease of available space and the growing danger of extinction of many forms of animals and plant life. It is becoming apparent that if the current trends continue, the future of life on earth could be endangered." -Secretary-General's Report to the United Nations General Assembly, 1969.

Fast Food Chain
"Fast Food Chain" by Mark Henson. All rights, US and International, reserved by the artist.

Just about forty years ago concern for environmental management entered into the public awareness. It had gradually become apparent that petroleum reserves would not last forever; the chemistry of the atmosphere could be seriously altered with oxidized industrial by-products; Earth's waters could be dangerously polluted; human population might exceed geophysical limitations; and that there exists a time in the human future when all these factors will play out. Despite the fact that the world had long been a collection of individual nations with individual aspirations, there was clear need by the mid-1960s for the development of some kind of global steering committee, as exemplified by the Secretary-General's report to the United Nations in 1969 and the first FAO World Food Conference a few years afterward. Now, these forty or so years later, the question still begs an answer, who is really at the controls of Spaceship Earth? Is it the United Nations? The United States? The G7? The Council on Foreign Relations? The Trilateral Commission? The Bilderberg Group? The CIA? The Cosa Nosta? Aliens? Gravity? The impetus of capitalism? The Three Stooges? The happenstance mish-mash of all the above? No one? The answer is ourselves. The challenge is to come together as local communities and unify as a global village under a single premise: What's good for the planet is good for all.

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The Faustian paradox stares back at us from the mirror. The collision course is us with ourselves. It's the clear reckoning of our material splendor with the balance of the community of life. It's time to move on to the next level.

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