• In the past we could afford a long gestation period before undertaking major environmental policy initiatives. Today the time for a well-planned transition to a sustainable system is running out. We may be moving in the right direction, but we are moving too slowly. We are failing in our responsibility to future generations and even the present one.

    "Annan pleads with west as environment is pushed up UN agenda" by Ewen MacAskill, March 14, 2001.
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