Man Is Not a God

At the Global Forum in Kyoto, Mikhail Gorbachev talked with TIME senior writer Eugene Linden.

Q. Why is it that no other world leaders have adopted this issue?

A. All policymakers are preoccupied by current politics, the scarcity of resources, etc. The fact that all of them came to the Rio Summit, however, means that politicians are beginning to understand that we have reached a watershed in our relationship with the environment. Last November, 1,500 scientists, including 100 Nobel prizewinners, stated at a conference that if things go on like this, within decades our biosphere will suffer irreversible damage. I think...

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