Radical new plan needed to fix broken global systems
by Paul Davies
What's Going On Here?
This year they concluded that entire systems need changing and there needs to be fewer ‘sticking-plaster’ solutions from world leaders to address global challenges.
1. Plastic kickback
Consumers and businesses are waking up to the consequences of a world full of plastic. But, whilst stopping using plastic straws is a great first step to a ‘clean up’ is it actually helping?
2. Migration and climate change
Climate change is at a tipping point. The recent IPCC report was just one of many warnings regularly given by scientists. Records are continually being broken for high and low temperatures across the world.
3. Nationalism is rising
Across the world, nationalist movements are gaining ground. From Brexit to China-US trade global cooperation is on the decline.
4. The onlife
Half the world’s population will have internet access in 2019. Whilst social media platforms are hotbeds for extreme views, our addictions also require more tech and more power to keep energy sapping devices running.
5. Rise of participatory democracy
A system that tries to maximise the involvement of citizens in decision making. Madrid, Spain, uses an open-source platform (Consul) to allow residents to choose how £100m is spent locally.
6. Changing consumerism in Asia
By 2030, Asia could account for 59% of the world’s middle-class consumption. Growing economies such as India, South Korea & Thailand are fuelling the growing consumerism.
7. Biodiversity in free fall
Biodiversity in nature is essential to keep a balanced and stable environment. 41% of global insect species have declined over the past decade.
Scientists have proposed a Global Deal for Nature, to help protect 50% of the earth by 2050, benefiting humans as well.
So how can we help our own futures, today?
Read the full report here.
A special thank you to George Harding-Rolls at Forum for the Future
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