3. Where are we going?
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«If we defeat nature, we will find ourselves on the losing side».
Translated quote from Konrad Lorenz, biologist and Nobel Price winner.
Humanity is unlikely to go under right away, as so many alarmists want to tell us.
«We are not doomed - unless we decide for it».
Kate Marvel, climate scientist
But the concerning question comes to mind:
Will people after us still have the chance to live a life fit for human beings in a world that we have left for them?
A life fit for human beeings in no way means a life of ever-increasing material wealth, as it does today in rich countries.
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However, the basis of a decent life are sufficient food, sufficient living space, opportunities for education, meaningful work, medical care, retirement provision and sufficient natural surroundings.
Let's think about this in this context:
Around as many people in the world as 3 times the entire population of Europe currently have no prospect of leading a life that truly provides human dignity.
From numerous sources with divergent estimates
If we just keep going as we have before we'll soon reach our planet's ecological limits.
end of the century, our children and grandchildren too may be confronted with
a hostile climate, depleted resources, devastated habitats, large-scale species
extinction, food shortage and mass migration.
We will probably drastically intensify the hopeless fight for the remaining resources worldwide.
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The world is currently arming itself more militarily than ever seen in the history of humanity - and with efficient, digital technology.
Global military spending rose 2.6 percent in the year 2018 to an estimated $ 1.82 trillion. That means a new maximum since 1988.
Source: SIPRI - Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, 2019
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We are facing tremendous changes in a full world, with there soon to be as many as 10'000 to 12'000 million people on the planet - one way or the other.
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A sustainable development is the promising path that leads us from today's - ecological and social - global crisis into the future.
The large-scale social change, as required by the transformation to a sustainable development, first is a «battle» for hearts and minds of the people, and only afterwards accepted in legislation and economic policies.
Every change that happens in societies and organizations needs individuals who initiate it. It is all the more pleasing that more and more people are working for it everywhere in the world.
World in 2050 Initiative. 2018. Transformations to achieve the sustainable development goals.
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We have no master plan on how to achieve the transformation of our society with its perpetual expansion towards sustainable development.
In addition, most people, as well as governments and companies, think in the short term. There is often a lack of appropriate knowledge and instruments to tackle long-term transformations.
And if the public is poorly informed about the challenges of sustainable development and the necessary changes, fear and uncertainty may provide a general resistance to change.
Today, we have many solutions at our disposal for the transformation of our societies towards sustainable development.
The only question is, how can we implement it in normal politics?
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Where are we going?
Two novels from yesteryear which are still frequently read :
- Aldous Huxley. Brave New World. 1932
- George Orwell. Nineteen Eighty-Four. 1948
And a topical book:
- Steven Pinker. Enlightenment Now. The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress. 2018