Globalisation and the Environment

The processes that we now think of as “globalization” were central to the environmental cause well before the term “globalisation” came into its current usage. Global environmental concerns were born out of the recognition that ecological processes do not always respect national boundaries and that environmental problems often have impacts beyond borders; sometimes globally. Connected to this was the notion that the ability of humans to act and think at a global scale also brings with it a new dimension of global responsibility— not only to planetary resources but also to planetary fairness.

These ideas were central to the defining discourse of contemporary environmentalism in the 1960s and 1970s1 and to the concept of sustainable development that took root in the 1980s and 1990s.

The current debate on globalisation has become de-linked from its environmental roots and contexts. It is very important to take into account the links between environment and globalisation not to miss out some of the most pressing environmental challenges faced by humanity. 

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