Key dangers


1944 Start of the Age of Nuclear War followed by proliferation of nuclear weapons to 10 countries (2014 estimate = 16400 warheads of which 4000 are active) 1945 Creation of the UNO with hopes for some sort of global governance to regulate Spaceship Earth
1948 Start of the Cold War and bi-polar super-power rivalry between competing economic and political systems stimulated the acceleration of technology 1972 Club of Rome ‘Limits to Growth’ published predicting global ‘overshoot’ crises by 2030 (appear to be on track as predicted!)
1950 Start of the Anthropocene Age of Exponential Acceleration of Technology and Human Impact creating the Anthropocene Era 1972 United Nations Conference on Human Environment in Stockholm leads to United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) first of many events relating to growth of environmental degradation needing international attention and collaboration
1979 Start of Reagan-Thatcher Era – beatification of neo-conservative ‘free market’ economics and retreat of the Welfare State 1987 The Brundtland Report gives rise to the concept of Sustainable Development
1981 Creation of the Internet and explosion of ICT giving rise to mass electronic distraction of the virtual digital world 1989 Montreal Protocol treatycame into force showing that international cooperation can solve global anthropogenic problems
1988 International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) established to be followed by increasing evidence and denial of human-made climate disruption 1992 Agenda 21 adopted by 178 governments as a legally non-binding statement of intent to promote sustainable development in the 21st century
1991 First Iraq War accelerates the spread of terrorism 2000 Earth Charter civil society initiative proposing that environmental protection, human rights, equitable human development, and peace are interdependent and indivisible
1991 Break up of the USSR – assumed end of Cold War and ‘triumph of the neo-liberal consumer and debt-driven capitalist model’  2000 UN Millennium Development Goals8 targets set to be achieved by 2015, a concerted international effort to expand hope and opportunity
2001 – 9/11 ‘War on Terror’ following Al Qaeda attacks in USA 2015 UN Sustainable Development Goals will build upon the Millennium Development Goals
2014-16 Rise of ‘Islamic State’ & destabilisation of Ukraine reignite geopolitical animosities 2015 Climate Summit to galvanize and catalyze climate action following many previous failed attempts

2011-17 Continuing conflict in Syria and flood of migrants into Europe triggering anti-immigration respponse, e.g. Brexit in UK

2015 -7 Spread of populist parties anti-establishment demagogic leaders e.g. Trump, Orban, Kaczynski, Erdogan

2017 – Nuclear weapons and ICBM testing in North Korea leads to stand-off with the USA with impetuous Trump capability of triggering nuclear confllict










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