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What is the Gathering?

Dramatic increases in the world’s population, and equally dramatic increases in our consumption of the planet’s resources, have resulted in the world now being on an unsustainable course

This calls for a fundamental re-imagining of humankind's relationship to the earth
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Information of the Gathering



  • The world's population increased from 1.6 to 7.0 billion during the past 100 years, a staggering 5.4 billion people.
  • We consumed more of the world’s resources over the past 50 years than humans consumed during all of the previous 10,000 years.
  • NASA’s foremost climatologist, Jim Hansen: "If humanity wishes to preserve a planet similar to that on which civilization developed and to which life on earth adapted, paleoclimate evidence and ongoing climate change suggest that CO2 will need to be reduced from its current 385 parts per million to at most 350 ppm." Hansen cited six irreversible tipping points, including massive sea level rise and huge changes in rainfall patterns.
  • Indian scientist and economist, Rajendra Pachauri, who accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 on behalf of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: "If there’s no action before 2012, that’s too late. What we do in the next two to three years will determine our future. This is the defining moment."
  • Lester Brown, founder of Worldwatch Institute and president of the Earth Policy Institute: "Our global economy is outgrowing the capacity of the earth to support it, moving our early twenty-first century civilization ever closer to decline and possible collapse."
  • Bill McKibben, an American environmentalist and author: "One hundred eighty million dead Africans by century's end if we don't change our wasteful ways. Twenty percent of the global economy sheared off. The rich in bunkers, the poor at the gates --- it's not a pretty picture."