Group Report: Millennial Perspectives on the Dynamic Interaction of Climate, People, and Resources
Sustainability or Collapse? An Integrated History and Future of People on Earth
MIT Press, Cambridge
The dynamic interactions between human societies and their environments are best understood from a perspective that accounts for long-term patterns and processes and addresses questions from an integrated, often interdisciplinary, perspective on human societies and biophysical environments. As proposed by the Earth System Science Partnership/International Council for Science to the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg 2002, the development of a science for sustainability will require the development of a long-term perspective. "Archives from the past - e.g., ice cores, coral cores, tree rings, archaeological and historical records - must be studied more vigorously to provide paths of change, baseline conditions, insights into past societal resilience or fragility and perspectives on projections of future change" (ICSU 2002, p. 2).
Redman, C. L., C. L. Crumley, F. A. Hassan, F. Hole, J. Morais, F. Riedel, V. L. Scarborough, J. A. Tainter, P. Turchin, and Y. Yasuda. Group Report: Millennial Perspectives on the Dynamic Interaction of Climate, People, and Resources. In Sustainability or Collapse? An Integrated History and Future of People on Earth, edited by Robert Costanza, Lisa J. Graumlich, and Will Steffen, pp. 115-148. Dahlem Workshop Report 96. The MIT Press, Cambridge.