Surviving the Century: Facing Climate Chaos and Other Global Challenges

Herbert Girardet
Earthscan, 2007 - 210 páginas
''The combined analysis presented here of why current arrangements are failing the future and clear insights of the way to go offer us hope.'' Mary Robinson President of Realising Rights Ethical Globalisation Initiative and former President of Ireland and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Environmental and human catastrophe looms ever larger for planet Earth. Powerful action is required now to turn a deepening global crisis into an unprecedented opportunity for positive change. This book shows how a dramatic transformation of how humans relate to the Earth and to one another can be achieved. Surviving the Century is the first major publication by the World Future Council (WFC) a new international voice for future generations. Reflecting the positive mission of the WFC each chapter addresses a different critical issue in a systematic and constructive way describing and analysing the topic before indicating real solutions. The eight main issues covered are: countering climate chaos renewable energy policy local farming systems rainforests and climate change creating sustainable cities cradle to cradle production systems a radical vision for trade and creating a living democracy. Surviving the Century is a must-have primer and action plan for all leaders in government business and NGOs and for all who want to be part of the historic opportunity to provide solutions to the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced. Published with the World Future Council.

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List of Figures and Tables
List of Contributors
Foreword by Jakob von Üxkuell
List of Acronyms and Abbreviations
Future What Future?
Chapter 1 Addressing Climate Chaos
Chapter 2 Renewable Energy is the Future
Chapter 3 Feeding People in an Age of Climate Change
Chapter 4 Climate and the Amazon
Chapter 5 Creating Sustainable and Liveable Cities
Chapter 6 Cradle to Cradle Production
Chapter 7 A Radical New Vision for World Trade
Chapter 8 The Promise of Living Democracy
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Herbert Girardet is Director of Programs of the WFC ( He is an author and co-author of 11 books and 50 TV documentaries on many aspects of sustainable development. At the Rio Earth Summit he received a UN Global 500 Award for outstanding environmental achievements. His most recent books are Cities, People, Planet - Liveable Cities for a Sustainable World (2004) and Shaping our Future (2005).

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