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Seminar 9

“Future of Planet Earth” Participant Statement

Paris, France | June 3–5, 2008

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Robert C. Milne

What are the three most critical challenges facing Planet Earth going forward?

1. Virtual opportunities will replace natural circumstances.
Physical and social demands will continue to subdivide supplies and opportunities. This process will encroach on availability and necessitate ersatz substitutions. A comparable physical and social adaptation to environmental facsimiles being substituted for actual situations will be required.

2. An increased recognition and acceptance of interdependence on a global scale.
We are challenged by a necessity of recognizing and accepting the interdependence of systemic integrity, life processes, and individual equality taking precedence over dominance and disenfranchisement.

3. The ability to adapt and adjust to an exponential rate of change.
In a matter of a few short decades our ability to acquire and store information is exceeding our present ability to evaluate and constructively utilize information to support our existence on a sustainable basis. There is the need to evolve in our use of energy and resources at a rate commensurate with dwindling supplies.