To Dr. Aurelio Peccei, whose profound concern for humanity has inspired us and many others to think about the world's long-tern problems.
In April 1968, a group of thirty individuals from ten countries - scientists, educators, economists, humanists, industrialists, and national and international civil servants - gathered in the Accademia dei Lincei in Rome.
The problems U Thant mentions - the arms race, environmental deterioration, the population explosion, and economic stagnation - are often cited as the central, long-term problems of modern man.
All five elements basic to the study reported here - population, food production, industrialization, pollution, and the consumption of nonrenewable natural resources - are increasing.
Chapter I. The nature of exponential growth.
The crux of the matter is not only whether the human species will survive, but even more whether it can survive without falling into a state of worthless existence.