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Keynote Address Towards A Truly Sustainable Future And A High Quality Of Life For All People On Our Planet: The Role Of The Earth Sciences

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/GEO060011

Volume

89

Pages

4

Published

2006

Size

284 kb

Author(s)

W. S. Fyfe

Abstract

We are living in a new period of earth history. I was impressed by the writing of Vladimir Vernadsky, 1929, in his book The Biosphere. He said we were in a transition to a new geological era which he termed the psychozoic era. As he stated, mankind as a whole would become a new and powerful geological entity able to transform the planet. I very much liked the words of Sir Crispin Tickell in his British Association lecture of 1993 \“I was recently asked if I was an optimist or pessimist. The best answer was given by someone else. He said that he had optimism of the intellect but pessimism of the will. In short, we have most of the means for coping with the problems we face, but are distinctly short on our readiness to use them. It is never easy to bring the long term into the short term. Our leaders, whether in politics or business, rarely have a time horizon of more than five years”. I have been fortunate that I have walked in over 60 nations. When you walk you see, smell, the problems and you meet people of all types. Keywords: the Psychozoic era, education needed for all people, diversity, energy and waste reduction, soil quality.

Keywords

the Psychozoic era, education needed for all people, diversity, energy and waste reduction, soil quality.