A quote by Gus Speth.
I used to think the top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change.
I thought that with 30 years of good science we could address these problems, but I was wrong.
The top environmental problems are selifshness, greed and apathy, and to deal with those we need a spiritual and cultural transformation.
And we scientists don’t know how to do that.
James Gustave (Gus) Speth (born March 4, 1942 in Orangeburg, South Carolina) is an American environmental lawyer and advocate. He helped found the Natural Resources Defense Council, and was dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies among other posts. He made the above comment in 2013 to a British radio presenter.
He is the former dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, founder and president of the World Resources Institute, and co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council among other posts. He currently serves on the Advisory Council of Represent.Us, a nonpartisan anti-corruption organization.
He is the recipient of numerous environmental awards. His several previous books include America the Possible: Manifesto for a New Economy. wikipedia.org