chapter  1
The planet in crisis
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It is commonly accepted that the planet faces an environmental crisis precipitated by anthropocentric activity that is resulting in a reduction in the earth’s productive capacity from which serious consequential social and environmental effects are starting to flow. The significance of the problem has given rise to global co-operation in the form of a range of major international agreements constructed with the objective of seeking a balance between the opposing yet interdependent forces of society, economy and environment.