Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Climate Solutions Lab

Special Topics in Environmental Policy: “Rethinking Environmental Security”

Wilfrid Laurier University

Environmental Studies


Simon Dalby

Undergraduate seminar

Readings from Underrepresented groups

The first United Nations conference on environmental themes occurred in Stockholm in June 1972. The unofficial report to the Stockholm conference specified matters in terms of “Only One Earth” suggesting that maintaining it in habitable condition was a primary concern of global governance. The contradictions between growth and environment were palpable in this discussion, and have shaped global environmental thinking ever since. What is often forgotten in this discussion is that nuclear war was also a major concern in the conference declaration.