Is there a crisis in the environment: introduction. 2 billion + years in the making; 2 million =\- years in development; 100,000 years of homo sapiens; 40,000 years of homo sapiens sapiens. The third great transition--globalization and the transmission of. Eurovalues to the entire world: individual self-interest and the separation of man and nature: the political agenda: politics as usual: always a crisis. 2002 - ratifying kyoto and mr. chr tien=s swan song. 2006 is kyoto dead under the harper conservatives: a behavioural and social crisis. Nature of brokerage politics and the domination in canada of an elite form of corporatism: conclusion: the story of easter island. We assume that ecological disaster falls on the unsophisticated, the foolish, the dumb. Easter island is the story of a society which was highly sophisticated but when it crossed the line at which the island"s forests could not be sustained it steadily and irrevocably toward degradation.