Additional Materials

We will continue to post additional information and films on this site which emerge from the 'Crisis of Life' project.

Stephen Schneider

One of his very last interviews

Stephen Schneider was one of the world’s leading climatologists and an outspoken advocate of global treaties to reduce greenhouse gases. Together with other climatologists of the IPCC and Al Gore, he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. Sadly, he died on 19 July 2010, exactly one month after this interview was recorded by Professor Bruno Walther on 19 June in Taipei, Taiwan.

In Part One

Stephen Schneider gives a prospect into the future. He describes what "tipping points" are and how they could dramatically change our ecosystems. "We’re talking about the life-support system of the earth being potentially threatened by small changes which, once you cross that point, you go irreversibly toward destroyed systems."


In Part Two

Stephen Schneider elaborates on the contradiction between economic growth and quality of life. He calls for global governance to save the commons and protect our ecosystems.

The Crisis of Biodiversity

a global challenge

Research clearly shows that biodiversity is under severe threat. A decline of biodiversity will lead to a decline of human well-being. The decline of biodiversity is one of the symptoms of reaching 'The Limits of Growth' as predicted by the Club of Rome in 1972.

Mankind cannot cope with this challenge on a national level. Therefore, we need global action and governance to cope with the crisis of life.