chapter  1
The planetary interest
ByKennedy Graham
Pages 12

The world of today is experiencing a paradigmatic shift as profound as any before. Through space exploration and the transport, communications and information revolutions, we are in a turbulent transition to a new age. It is best described as the “global age”, and it is captured most simply and eloquently in the breathtakingly beautiful image of Earth from lunar orbit on Christmas Eve 1968. The Apollo 8 photograph has become the icon of the global age, symbolic of its portent and evoking a new and nurturing attitude towards the planet that had not been present in the popular mind before. In the words of the UN secretary-general in 1993, “the first truly global era has begun”.1