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April 23, 1997

Caring for the Future: Making the Next Decades Provide a Life Worth Living

Author Affiliations

International Community for the Relief of Starvation and Suffering (ICROSS) Mbagathi, Kenya

JAMA. 1997;277(16):1329. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540400081046

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This book puts forward the findings of a 4-year investigation by an independent global commission. The ambitious remit of the commission was funded by seven governments, the United Nations, the World Bank, and five American foundations.

The report presents the most recent demographic and socioeconomic data and useful summaries of global economic and ecological challenges. The text presents coherent systematic arguments leading toward a series of fresh responses and suggestions. The strategies for achieving sustained improvement in the quality of life echo the Global 2000 Report to the President commissioned by Carter and draw extensively on some 60 studies prepared for the commission. Innovative approaches in assessing the quality of life are put forward, and the carrying capacity of the earth is discussed clearly and informatively. The greatest contribution of this work lies in its humanity and the call for us to return through understanding to caring.

Parts of Caring