Furthermore, as businesses, NGOs and governments, working together or apart, achieve notable success, they push for action to encourage others to follow. The evidence of these accrued benefits helps governments in taking action, as they make it very difficult for those who are opposed to them to argue against the feasibility of meeting new targets. And as formal actions are taken, they act as a ratchet, keeping the advances from slipping back.
The interlinked sets of changes that have occurred during the first three decades of the new millennium are clearly part of a broad societal transformation. Although no one would argue that sustainability has been achieved, there is a clear sense that the world is moving in the right direction and there is no turning back.
Sustainability First is the radical environmental paradigm - major institutions following something like this are movements like GreenPeace and Earth First. An interesting side effect of this scenario is that it will have a major impact on terrorism - by removing most of the reasons that compel people to become terrorist.
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Complete GEO Report Section on Sustainability First
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