However, quite different thinking is necessary to ensure that the biosphere will survive. It must include social projections for at least 25 years. Politicians, leaders, and decision-makers need such projections. According to J.Mayer, an initiator of the Talloires group University Presidents for a Sustainable Future, the number of people who are able to analyze global social forecasts does not exceed one thousand. These people do everything possible to save the planet.
Nongovernmental organizations should play a key role in realization of scientific principles by the general public. As a matter of fact, they are an example of self-organization of human society and a response to the changes in nature and in the social environment. So I should like to express a hope for identification and articulation of future directions as a result of cooperation among our workshop members representing a wide spectrum of nongovernmental and scientific organizations. I also wish to express our special thanks to the U.S. Environment Protection Agency for financial support of this workshop.
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