The Doomsday Clock is an internationally recognized design that conveys how close we are to destroying our civilization with dangerous technologies of our own making. First and foremost among these are nuclear weapons, but the dangers include climate-changing technologies, emerging... Read More
Do you think the hands of the Doomsday Clock should be closer to or farther from midnight?
Adnan A. Hezri
Hezri is the director of technology, environment, and sustainability at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies, a public policy and international affairs think tank in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He studies comparative public policy, specializing in natural resources governance, sustainable development strategy, and the green economy. He has held research fellowships including the Asian Public Intellectuals Fellowship, awarded by the Nippon Foundation. He currently holds a visiting appointment as an associate fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia. Hezri received a doctorate in public policy from the Australian National University.
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The author argues that the chances of implementing progressive environmental visions are constrained by political realities, but that hope for ecological sustainability lies in informed, engaged citizens.
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