Environmental change comes in waves, as professionals in the field know well. Most are familiar with the eras that have come before: Since the early 1960s, the focus has changed from conservation to regulation to sustainable development. But most have not yet recognized the next focus of concern that is certain to impact the environmental world over the next few years: the struggle for control over the world's remaining, easily exploited natural resources.
This high-stakes struggle involves environmental issues at its very core, and it is already beginning to exert major impacts on governments, corporations, and financial markets. This article examines the emerging 'fourth wave' of environmental change - and looks at how it will affect your organization and your career.