From an article by James Gustave Speth in "Protecting Our Environment: Toward a New Agenda," issued by the Center for National Policy in June:
Today a new environmental agenda is emerging. It is just now forcing itself on the attention of policymakers and the public at large. . . .
These emerging concerns encompass the great life-supporting systems of the planet's biosphere -- the atmosphere, oceans, climate, soil and forests. Today's issues are arising from the spread of deserts, the loss of forests, the erosion of soils, the growth of human populations, the exhaustion of ecological communities, the accumulation of wastes . . . Today's environmental concerns transcend borders, national laws and local customs. As a result, the politics needed to meet present and future challenges require a new vision and a new diplomacy, new leaders and new policies.
. . . The new agenda will demand attention in the 1980s and 1990s in part because its concerns are inextricably linked to other pressing international goals:
*expanding international trade and markets;
*improving North-South relations;
promoting sustainable economic development;
*managing the pressures of population increases, and
*ensuring long-term political stability in the Third World.
In a world that is daily more complex and interdependent economically, the economic and security interests of the U.S. must be understood in a broad global context. . . . Private and public decision-makers in the United States must together attend to these emerging issues.