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Executive Summary The Resourceful Earth is a response to Global 2000 Report to the President which is dead wrong in its frightening environmental and social predictions They summarize the findings of Global 2000 using two paragraphs from its own summary If present trends continue the world in 2000 will be more crowded more polluted less stable ecologically and more vulnerable to disruption than the world we live in now Serious stresses involving population resources and environment are clearly visible ahead Despite greater material output the worlds people will be poorer in many ways than they are today For hundreds of millions of the desperately poor the outlook for food and other necessities of life will be no better For many it will be worse Barring revolutionary advances in technology life for most people on earth will be more precarious in 2000 than it is now - unless the nations of the world act decisively to alter current trends Global 2000 p1 in The Resourceful Earth 1 To highlight our differences as vividly as possible we restate the above summary with our substitutions in italics If present trends continue the world in 2000 will be less crowded though more populated less polluted more stable ecologically and less vulnerable to resource-supply disruption than the world we live in now Stresses involving population resources and environment will be less in the future than now The worlds people will be richer in most ways than they are today The outlook for food and other necessities of life will be better life for most people on earth will be less precarious economically than it is now 1-2 This is followed by a list of their major findings The basic message continued techno-economic progress is assured provided that misguided ideas based on an irrational fear
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