Issues Magazine

Articles about sustainability

Sustainable Productivity: Options for a World Running out of Resources

By Ian A. Maxwell

The legacy of two historical megatrends – the industrial revolution and the Enlightenment – is another megatrend: the emerging crisis in the supply of humanity's key resources.

Recently I had the pleasure of sitting through a seminar given by former US Vice-President Al Gore in which he outlined the categories of challenges facing humans. Gore is a student of history, and he believes that while humans have always faced challenges, the enormity of the situation facing us today is unprecedented because our very existence on this planet is potentially under threat – and that this threat is of our own doing.