The Age of Sustainable Development

NEW YORK – Mezzo secolo fa, John F. Kennedy ha osservato che , "l'uomo ha nelle proprie mani mortali il potere di abolire tutte le forme di povertà e tutte le forme di vita umana." Questi concetti emergono oggi con particolare urgenza.

La nostra generazione ha effettivamente la possibilità di porre fine all'antica piaga della povertà estrema. Allo stesso tempo però è anche in grado di distruggere il sistema di supporto che la terra dà alla vita attraverso la devastazione ambientale indotta dall'uomo.

È quindi per necessità che siamo entrati nell'Era dello Sviluppo Sostenibile. Sono di conseguenza estremamente entusiasta di lanciare, a Gennaio 2014, un corso universitario online globale e gratuito che si chiamerà esattamente allo stesso modo. (Coloro che sono interessati a partecipare al corso possono registrarsi qui). Spero che persone di tutto il mondo prendano parte al corso – unendosi così alla ricerca che ha caratterizzato questa generazione per raggiungere uno sviluppo sostenibile.

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