Over the past three decades, perceptions of the environment have gone through a number of shifts, often marked by a series of landmark events. For example, the myth of ‘infinite resources’, which pervaded decision-making until the 1960s, gradually gave way to an era of ‘environmental protection’, which focused on the environmental impacts of waste production and over-consumption. This was followed in the 1970s and ‘80s by a ‘resource management’ era, which took a sectoral approach to environmental management.


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