Importance of Scale
The Importance of Sustainable Scale
The Sustainable Scale issue is important because:
Of the Global Scope
Over time scale problems have grown to the point they now involve global ecosystems.
The Severe Consequences
Ecosystems are now providing fewer services critical to human well being than they did in the past.
The Situation is Getting Worse
Almost all measures of sustainable scale are indicating rapid decline.
The Problems are Pervasive
Several major global ecosystems are currently either unsustainable or rapidly approaching unsustainability.
Time is Short
Many of the affected global ecosystems involve long term cycles that delayed our recognition of the problem. Some problems are still not being addressed.
Considerable Uncertainty Exists
We know enough now, even though our understanding is incomplete, to take action.
Couterintuitive Solutions Are Needed
The necessary scale relevant solutions are contrary to the dominant policy of economic growth.
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