Introduction to the Symposium on the Global Megacrisis

by Jose M. Ramos


Warnings of emerging global crises seem to be coming more frequently every passing day. Research on the current and potential impacts of climate change make IPCC reports look conservative. 1 We’re told that our oceans are under threat from overfishing and acidification (Mitchell, 2008). Human’s impact on the planet’s ecosystems continues to rise.2 Meanwhile, a financial crisis looms menacingly. Western nations stare down the barrel of potential economic catastrophe. Trillions of dollars / euros are whisked away from the public purse to recapitalize banks and governments, whose money mysteriously disappeared into hedge funds, and to appease the short term profit motive of investors.

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