Mobilising to save civilisation means restructuring the economy, restoring the economy's natural systems, eradicating poverty, and stabilising population. We have the technologies, economic and financial resources to do this. The United States has the resources to lead this effort. Jeffrey Columbia University's Earth Institute sums it up well: "The tragic irony of this moment is that countries are so rich and the poor so poor that a few added tenths of one per cent of GNP from the ramped up over the coming decades could do what was never before possible in human history: the basic needs of health and education are met for all impoverished children in this world. How tragedies will we suffer in this country before we wake up to our capacity to help make the world more prosperous place not only through military might, but through the gift of life itself?"