Vol 8 No 4 - The Ecology Of Hope - Millennium Issue

Issued: 1999 (32 pages)

This final issue of the printed magazine looked to the future with a series of reports on Millennium trailblazers who were pioneering new approaches to environmental conservation, sustainable food production, women’s empowerment and small-scale solutions in applied technology. Among them was Ashol Khosla, a leader in alternative technology, David Cassells, rainforest pioneer, and Wangari Maathai, founder of Kenya’s green belt movement. The issue is introduced by Dr M.S. Swaminathan, teacher, plant breeder and administrator who founded the research institute in Tamil Nadu which bears his name. It is, he says, ‘pro-nature, pro-poor, and pro-women’. He highlights the enormous potential of science and technology to solve many of the world’s problems but says this will only succeed if we adopt the kind of development that is not only environmentally sustainable but also socially equitable. Closing the magazine are opposing viewpoints on the future by two eminent conservationists . One by Norman Myers looks at the mess humans may well make of the planet and of our future, the other by Jeffrey McNeely, who sees the possibility of a new golden age ahead of us if we make the right policy decisions.


  • Page 3 - Editorial: Forecasting the future
  • Page 4 - Newsfile: News from around the globe
  • Page 6 - Overview: the ecology of hope
  • Page 10 - Consumption bomb
  • Page 12 - Millennium hopes
  • Page 14 - Planet Earth 2025
  • Page 16 - Millennium trailblazers: 1: Small scale solutions
  • Page 18 - Millennium trailblazers: 2: Seeds for the future
  • Page 20 - Millennium trailblazers: 3: Rainforest pioneer
  • Page 21 - Millennium trailblazers: 4: Taking health to the high Sierra
  • Page 22 - Millennium trailblazers: 5: Mobilising the mothers
  • Page 24 - Scenarios for the future
  • Page 28 - Associates' news
  • Page 30 - Book & film reviews


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