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Quote of the Day (November 28, 2008)

November 28, 2008

Quotemarks_2"But something important has happened in this last stage of the industrial era that sets it apart from the past: Globalization has brought a level of independence between nations and regions that has never existed before, along with truly global problems that also have no precedent. This includes environmental crises such as increasing levels of waste and toxicity (which often spill over from one country to another) and growing stresses on a host of finite natural resources, but also the widening gaps between the wealthy and the poor and alarming political reactions to these imbalances in the form of global terrorism. Just as the Iron Age didn't end because we ran out of iron, the Industrial Age isn't ending because of the decline in opportunities for further industrial expansion. It is ending because individuals, companies, and governments are coming to the realization that its side effects are unsustainable...."

-- Peter Senge, The Necessary Revolution: How Individuals and Organizations Are Working Together to Create A Sustainable World

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