George Woodwell at the Garrison Institute, March 2010

Part 1

George Woodwell discusses several of the ways in which the human population is negatively impacting the environment, including those tied to population growth, toxification, and global climate change. Woodwell highlights the connection between a stable environment and stable governments and social structures and moves on to consider the processes that control climate in an undisturbed rainforest system.

Part 2

George Woodwell discusses the predicted impacts of global climate change and deforestation, stressing the inequalities in impact expected to be realized in different latitudes. Woodwell calls for the adoption of a new world vision that places greater importance on the world's biotic potential and describes practical measures to be taken to stabilize and reduce the concentration of carbon in the atmosphere.