Despite being the most powerful generations ever, we are failing to secure our shared future. “On current paths, we face global average temperatures by the end of this century that have not existed on Earth for tens of millions of years. Decades of growth, development and poverty reduction could be sharply reversed by this warming and hundreds of millions, perhaps billions, would be forced to move, with associated risks of serious conflict. The reasons for this disruption and dislocation could not then be turned off” (Prof. Nicholas Stern, FT 5.10.15).
Our decisions today will have longer-term consequences than ever before yet we still develop solutions in isolation which fail to tackle interlinked challenges. We also seem unable to agree on a hierarchy of threats as every crisis has its own lobby. And we are failing to progress from agreeing goals to deciding how to actually implement these in faced of powerful vested intere[……]