Una red de soluciones mundiales

NUEVA YORK – Los grandes cambios sociales se producen de varias formas. Un avance tecnológico –máquina de vapor, computadoras, Internet– puede desempeñar un papel destacado. Los visionarios –como, por ejemplo, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., y Nelson Mandela– pueden inspirar una exigencia de justicia. Los dirigentes políticos pueden encabezar un amplio movimiento de reforma, como Franklin Roosevelt y el New Deal.

Nuestra generación necesita urgentemente espolear otra era de grandes cambios sociales. Esta vez debemos actuar para salvar el planeta de una catástrofe medioambiental inducida por el hombre.

Cada uno de nosotros siente esa amenaza casi diariamente. Olas de calor, sequías, inundaciones, incendios forestales, glaciares que retroceden, ríos contaminados y tormentas extremas azotan el planeta a un ritmo que aumenta dramáticamente a consecuencia de las actividades humanas. Nuestra economía mundial de 70 billones de dólares al año está sometiendo el medio ambiente natural a presiones sin precedentes. Vamos a necesitar unas tecnologías, unos comportamientos y una ética nuevos, apoyados en pruebas sólidas, para conciliar un mayor desarrollo económico con la sostenibilidad medioambiental.

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