chapter  6
TEEN The planetary interest: thoughts for the future
ByKennedy Graham
Pages 6

These challenges are formidable and daunting. We stand ready, still, to ignite a conflagration involving weapons of mass destruction that can devastate the planet. We are emitting gases into the atmosphere at a rate that is altering Earth’s climate. We have unwittingly been producing chemicals which have dangerously depleted the planet’s ozone layer whose recovery will take half a century. We are consuming the planet’s resources at an unsustainable rate, causing an ecological “overshoot” of Earth’s carrying capacity, unconscionably subsidizing ourselves at the cost of the next generation whose fundamental wellbeing will be jeopardized. We are, in short, placing the planet at risk and living on borrowed time, drawing on credit from our children and theirs.