Publication Type:

Book Chapter


A Better Planet: Forty Big Ideas for a Sustainable Future, Yale University Press, p.xiii–xvi (2019)





Perhaps the most important challenge of this century centers on whether humans can obtain the necessary resources to flourish in a manner that is sustainable for future generations without causing irreversible damage to the planet. How do we obtain the requisite food, clean and sufficient water, energy, clean air, and access to green and wild places for our own health? How do we steward the biological diversity of the planet? As far as we know, we are the only species with capabilities to answer these questions: imagining the future, identifying problems, generating complex knowledge and tools, creating technological solutions and...