Millennium Assessment of Human Behavior

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Science  22 Jul 2005:
Vol. 309, Issue 5734, pp. 562-563
DOI: 10.1126/science.1113028

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Global society is seriously threatened by the environmental impacts of human activities. Although the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have been established to analyze biophysical aspects of global change, there is no equivalent effort to assess the role of individual behavior in creating those environmental threats. The authors of this Policy Forum propose the institution of a Millennium Assessment of Human Behavior to establish serious dialogues about what can and should be done. It would draw heavily on social scientists and would engage groups of citizens globally in public forums to explore the moral elements and the consequences of choices about environmental change.