Social Studies 11. One World. The Global Village. One World.
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“Humanity stands at a defining moment in history. We are confronted with a perpetuation of disparities between and within nations, a worsening of poverty, hunger, ill health and illiteracy, and the continuing deterioration of the ecosystems on which we depend for our well-being. However integration of environment and development concerns and greater attention to them will lead to the fulfillment of basic needs, improved living standards for all, better protected and managed ecosystems and a safer, more prosperous future. No nation can achieve this on its own; but together we can - in a global partnership for sustainable development.”
Report of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, Rio de Janeiro, 3-14 June, 1992.
His phrase “the global village” describes the situation aptly.The Global Village
In the 19th century the railway transformed British North America and helped to create a new country.
Traveling overland across Canada went from being a virtual impossibility to a relatively comfortable trip of less than a week.The Global Village - Transportation
Telephones, fax machines and the internet bring people together instantly.The Global Village - Communications
Biological systems may be local, but they still interact with larger systems.The Global Ecosystem
Former farmland in South Australia
In the developed world prosperity increased enormously.
Newly industrialized economies have also prospered.The Global Economy II