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The culture gap and its needed closures

Ehrlich, Paul R. and Ehrlich, Anne H. International Journal of Environmental Studies, 67: 4, 481 — 492


The development of an enormous culture gap, in which no individuals of advanced societies possess even a billionth of the non-genetic information possessed by their entire society, has threatened a global collapse of civilisation. Critical parts of that gap must be rapidly bridged so that problems such as climate disruption, toxification of the Earth, loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services, and the decay of the epidemiological environment can be satisfactorily attacked. The essential need is to alter human behaviour to put society on a route to sustainability; one cheering development is a growing interest in the Millennium Assessment of Human Behaviour (MAHB), whose goal is to do just that.

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Keywords: Culture gap, Environment, Collapse, Population, MAHB

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