Catalogue of Resources

This catalogue is one person’s attempt to provide quick access to key resources relating to what for shorthand can be called ‘Saving Spaceship Earth’. It contains a range of key resources, many with links, relating to our Spaceship Earth metaphor. Each entry is accompanied by a brief annotation. Followers of the site are invited to send to d.oldroyd@wp.pl suggestions for additions to the catalogue which he will then add under the appropriate heading. Additional headings may also be suggested. Please join the CASE initiative’s attempt to involve our educational community in selecting and sharing some of the many important and valuable resources that might inspire community action for “Saving Spaceship Earth” and find remedies for future dangers.

PAST DANGERS POTENTIAL REMEDIES
1944 Start of the Age of Nuclear War followed by proliferation of nuclear weapons to 10 countries (2014 estimate = 16400 warheads of which 4000 are active) 1945 Creation of the UNO with hopes for some sort of global governance to regulate Spaceship Earth
1948 Start of the Cold War and bi-polar super-power rivalry between competing economic and political systems stimulated the acceleration of technology 1972 Club of Rome ‘Limits to Growth’ published predicting global ‘overshoot’ crises by 2030 (appear to be on track as predicted!)
1950 Start of the Anthropocene Age of Exponential Acceleration of Technology and Human Impact creating the Anthropocene Era 1972 United Nations Conference on Human Environment in Stockholm leads to United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) first of many events relating to growth of environmental degradation needing international attention and collaboration
1979 Start of Reagan-Thatcher Era – beatification of neo-conservative ‘free market’ economics and retreat of the Welfare State 1987 The Brundtland Report gives rise to the concept of Sustainable Development
1981 Creation of the Internet and explosion of ICT giving rise to mass electronic distraction of the virtual digital world 1989 Montreal Protocol treatycame into force showing that international cooperation can solve global anthropogenic problems
1988 International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) established to be followed by increasing evidence and denial of human-made climate disruption 1992 Agenda 21 adopted by 178 governments as a legally non-binding statement of intent to promote sustainable development in the 21st century
1991 First Iraq War accelerates the spread of terrorism 2000 Earth Charter civil society initiative proposing that environmental protection, human rights, equitable human development, and peace are interdependent and indivisible
1991 Break up of the USSR – assumed end of Cold War and ‘triumph of the neo-liberal consumer and debt-driven capitalist model’  2000 UN Milennium Development Goals8 targes set to be achieved by 2015, a concerted international effort to expand hope and opportunity
2001 9/11 ‘War on Terror’ following Al Qaeda attacks in USA 2014 Climate Summit 23 September to galvanize and catalyze climate action following many previous failed attempts
2014 Rise of ‘Islamic State’ & destabilisation of Ukraine reignite geopolitical animosities 2015 UN Sustainable Development Goals will build upon the Millennium Development Goals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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