Only if we awake from our apathy

Back cover of my new book ‘Our Terrible/Wonderful Future’

 

Recent papers in Nature have argued that under the Paris agreement, even if the politicians keep their promises – and how often do they do that? – we only have a 5% chance of keeping temperature increase under 2 degrees.

 

The world is losing 30 soccer pitches of top soil every minute. The F.A.O. forecast that soil loss is so bad the world only has sixty years of farming left.

 

Automation will cause massive unemployment, in white collar as well as blue collar jobs.

 

The chronic debt that caused the bank crash of 2008  is no better.   Eight people now own as much wealth as half the world’s population.  How can an economic system that has become so grotesquely unequal survive?

 

The world is losing at least four species, for ever, every hour.

 

According to Dame Sally Davies, the U.K.’s leading medic, bacteria are becoming immune to anti-biotics so fast she thinks we could be facing ‘an anti-biotic apocalypse’ and ‘the end of modern medicine’.

 

Can these problems be overcome? Yes Yes Yes and again Yes.  But only if we awake from our apathy and show the kind of united resolve that won World War 2.

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