Anthony Cortese says global warming threatens mankind
Sustainability expert Anthony Cortese says mankind can thank a stable climate for its ability to move from hunter-gatherers to technological masters over about 10,000 years of history. But he says all those gains can go away because of global warming.
“That is the reality of where we are now as a species,” Cortese told an audience at Indiana University yesterday. “If we don’t figure out a way to operate differently, our chances of creating a just and sustainable society in the future are slim to none.”
Cortese defined sustainability as the use of resources so human development needs are met without producing unusable waste or negative impacts on the environment.
Cortese is co-director of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment; president of Second Nature; and co-founder of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. He spoke as part of SustainIU, a week-and-a-half-long series of events sponsored in part by Indiana University’s Office of Sustainability.
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