ERIC Number: ED199149
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Global 2000: The Presidential Task Force on Resources and the Environment--A Series of Responses.
Scrofani, E. Robert; And Others
A series of responses to "The Global 2000 Report to the President" is presented. The Global 2000 Report examines the issues and interdependencies of population, resources, and environment in the long term global perspective (ED 188 935). According to the above report, if present trends continue, serious stresses of overcrowding, pollution, ecological instability, and vulnerability to political disruption will characterize the world by 2000 A.D. The Global 2000 Report presents no recommendations but does indicate the need for fundamental worldwide change. A number of questions are addressed in this response publication. First, "What do you consider to be the most critical problem(s) emerging from the report?" Responses indicate that the most critical problem is the land tenure question. Changing the relationship of the people to the land is the stuff of revolution--political, economic, and ethical. The problems of land tenure are not restricted to the underdeveloped world, but exist in the United States as well. A second question addressed is "How can the resources and talents in the private sector be better mobilized to address these problems?" We should divide up the wealth of the land more equitably. Many studies have shown that improvements in social and economic conditions reduce many of the pressures on the land. In Taiwan, for example, after a carefully articulated land reform program, population growth rates fell from 3.8% to 2.2%. Another example is the California Irrigation Districts which made cattle barons pay a tax or seek settlers for their idle and wasteful land. A third question addressed in the publication is "What actions should the President take?" A number of actions were suggested. The President should call a conference to examine the benefits of land value taxation and re-examine programs of military assistance and sales. The last question addressed is "What information or analysis is needed to form the basis for government and private planning?" Responses indicate that there is a crucial need for a national land price index. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Note: For a related document, see ED 188 935.