Planet Earth has been here for over 4.5 billion years but in just two human generations we have managed to place our only 'home' at great risk. Many lessons from history have not yet been learned and new lessons may prove equally, if not more, difficult to take on board as we head deeper into the twenty-first century.

This book highlights two of our greatest social problems: changing the way we relate to the planet and to one another, and confronting how we use technology (dataism) for the benefit of both humankind and the planet. Covering a wide range of key topics, including environmental degradation, modern life, capitalism, robotics, financing of war (vs peace) and the pressing need to re-orient society towards a sustainable future, the book contends that lifelong learning for sustainability is key to our survival. The author argues that One Health - recognising the fundamental interconnections between people, animals, plants, the environment - needs to inform the UN-2030 Sustainable Development Goals and that working towards the adoption of a new mindset is essential. We need to replace our current view of limitless resources, exploitation, competition and conflict with one that respects the sanctity of life and strives towards well-being for all, shared prosperity and social stability.

Clearly written, evidence based and transdisciplinary - and including contributions from the World Bank, InterAction Council, Chatham House, UNESCO, World Economic Forum, the Tripartite One Health collaboration (UN Food and Agriculture Organization, World Organisation for Animal Health and World Health Organization), One Health Commission and more -  this book cuts across sociopolitical, economic and environmental lines. It will be of great interest to practitioners, academics, policy-makers, students, nongovernment agencies and the public at large in both developed and developing nations.

chapter |8 pages


The state of planet Earth: time to ‘stop and think’!

part I|2 pages

Safeguarding the health and well-being of people and planet

chapter 2|12 pages

Climate change

Focus on Africa, Asia and the coastal poor

chapter 5|8 pages

Capitalism with a social conscience

part II|2 pages

Reflections on a changing world order

chapter 6|15 pages

War and Peace?

chapter 7|15 pages

The world in 2050

Megatrends and social impacts

part III|2 pages

Creating a ‘more just, sustainable and peaceful world’

chapter 10|20 pages

Global education

Building foundations for the future

chapter 13|10 pages

The promise of Generation Z

chapter |6 pages


Homo Deus or Homo Humilem? The choice is ours