chapter  17
Conclusions: the way ahead?
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The way ahead for any attempt to attain sustainability must involve action at all levels, locally and globally: ‘thinking globally and acting locally’. Drawing on the model of interests introduced at the start of the book, this chapter uses some of the material from the case studies and examples in the rest of the book, in order to assess some of the opportunities that exist for negotiating trade-offs between conflicting human interest and between local and global concerns. If sustainability is to be achieved, this sort of negotiation process seems vital, the final issue being whether humans are actually capable of negotiating ways to solve the environmental problems that they have created. If not, the future could be bleak.