ERIC Number: ED255365
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Jan-7
Reference Count: N/A
Half-Truths and Consequences: The Legacy of Global 2000. Institution Analysis No. 34.
The 1980 "Global 2000 Report to the President" was based on a study which attempted to project international trends in population, pollution, and resource availability through the year 2000. This document discusses: (1) the background of Global 2000; (2) Global 2000 and the media; (3) Global 2000's impact on the environmental movement (indicating that its most important, and probably least recognized impact has been in strengthening the environmental lobby in Washington); (4) Global 2000's impact within federal agencies (considering factors which have limited the report's direct influence on Reagan administration policy); (5) Global 2000's influence on legislation (including its influence on issues related to population policy, forestry, species extinction, and global foresight); (6) Global 2000's international impact; (7) Global 2000's influence on education; and (8) the institutional impact of Global 2000. It is the position of this paper that Global 2000 is a severely flawed piece of science which nonetheless has had wide-ranging consequences. Among the most serious are that it has: helped inject limits to growth philosophy in schools; boosted funding for such foreign assistance activities as tropical deforestation, population control and species extinction; created the issue of global foresight, promoting a trend toward more futures work within federal agencies; stimulated creation of organizations determined to address the problem of shrinking world resources; and legitimized the arguments of environmental interests groups thus significantly increasing their influence and constituency. (JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC.