UNEP Atlas – One Planet, Many People: Atlas of Our Changing Environmet

One Planet, Many People is intended for environmental policy
makers, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, academics,
teachers and citizens. This colorful and approachable atlas contains
photographs, satellite images, maps and narratives that provide
insights into the many ways people around the world have changed, and
continue to change, the environment.
The main purpose of this hard-cover,
332-page, large-format atlas is to document visual evidence of global
environmental changes resulting from natural processes and
human-induced activities. Special objectives of One Planet, Many People
?Ø generating awareness of human interactions with the environment that alter the environment in demonstrable ways;
?Ø providing scientific measurement of over-exploitation of the environment and consequences of such action.
To meet these objectives, the atlas provides:
?Ø a collection of spectacular ?¨before and after?Æ satellite image pairs on various themes for 80 sites around the world;
?Ø over 30 environmental case studies supported by narratives, images and ground photographs;
?Ø and a compilation of recently released environmental maps.
A fantastic collection of maps and satellite images, which will enrich the environmental section of any library.
?¨One Planet Many People Atlas of Our
Changing Environment clearly illustrates that our ozonosphere has been
threatened by human activities. It also shows that this problem has
been practically solved due to the collaborative efforts of the
different sectors of our society. We all need to work together to
address the many other problems that affect the health of our planet.
As illustrated in this atlas, we need integrated, interdisciplinary
approaches to mitigate the adverse effects of human-induced activities
on the environment?Æ.
Mario J. Molina
Co-winner of the 1995 Nobel Prize in
Chemistry for his work in atmospheric chemistry, particularly
concerning the formation and decomposition of ozone. Institute
Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
?¨One Planet Many People Atlas of Our
Changing Environment demonstrates how our growing number of people and
their consumption patterns are shrinking our natural resource base. The
challenge is how do we satisfy human needs without compromising the
health of ecosystems. One Planet Many People is an additional wake-up
call to this need?Æ.
Ola Ullsten
Co-Chair World Commission on Forests and Sustainable Development
Former Prime Minister of Sweden
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