Preamble In 2018, humanity faces environmental challenges of epic proportion. Through our success in building an enormous global population and a similarly large and dynamic economy, we have created a complex web of interacting problems that threaten the continued reliability of this planet as a place in which humans can live their lives. Our […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Restoring our Relationship with the Natural World: A Statement from the 2018 Muskoka Summit on Environment
Since the 1970s, the annual demands of humanity on the Earth’s resources have exceeded what the Earth can regenerate each year. Today, humanity uses the equivalent of 1.6 Earths to provide the resources we consume and use to absorb our waste. This means it now takes the Earth one year and six months to regenerate […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on What is Our Ecological Footprint?
Albert Einstein is broadly credited with stating: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.” So, the question we need to ask ourselves is “Can we continue enjoying our current lifestyle and still enjoy a healthy environment?” Even today, when many countries use very few resources, […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Can we maintain our current lifestyle across the whole globe?
At past Summits we looked at some of the science that will be required to change how we can interact with the natural world in a more sustainable manner. John Smol, a Summit speaker, states that “When the research has helped us see where we’ve come from, we are able to better answer the question […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on How do we change our behaviour to address climate change?
One of the major world views is based in the Judaeo-Christian beliefs found in the Bible and Torah. I have often heard it said that our environmental problems all stem from those books. Genesis 1-28 states “He created them male and female and blessed them, and said, ‘have many children, so that your descendants will […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on The role of faith in responding to climate change