Paul Raskin is the founding president of the Tellus Institute. In addition, he established the Global Scenario Group and the Great Transition Initiative. His work has focused on visions and strategies for a sustainable and just future. Toward that end he has pioneered widely-used models for integrated assessment, served as lead author on numerous international assessments, and published widely. Dr. Raskin holds a PhD in Theoretical Physics from Columbia University.
By Paul D. Raskin, The Great Transition Initiative
The Anthropocene concept advances the stunning proposition that human activity has catapulted Earth out of the relatively benign Holocene into a hostile new geological epoch.
By Jeremy Lent, Paul D. Raskin, Great Transition Initiative
The impact of coronavirus will be huge. But it is not yet the crisis that could push our global society into the phase change required for the Great Transition.
By Paul D. Raskin, Great Transition Initiative
In our time of unprecedented interdependence and existential risk, we face a common predicament and an uncertain destiny. As the global quandary deepens and awareness spreads, the conviction that root-and-branch social change is needed to circumvent perils and seize opportunities draws more and more of us.
By Paul D. Raskin, The Great Transition
Whither Earthland? The only certainty about the future is surprise, the one constant change.
By Richard A. Rosen, Paul D. Raskin, Tellus Institute
Building on earlier work of the Global Scenario Group and the Stockholm Environment Institute - Boston, this paper presents four updated and contrasting global scenarios for the twenty-first Century created with the PoleStar modeling system. These scenarios feature brief narratives and integrated quantifications across numerous economic, social, resource, and environmental dimensions.