Jonathan Porritt: Just about everything we need to create a sustainable future is available – or on the drawing board. The only thing missing is the political will to get it financed and deployed.
The World We Made is written from the vantage point of 2050, looking back to tell the story of how we got from where we are today (in one hell of a lot of trouble, both environmentally and socially) to be living in a fair, high-tech and genuinely sustainable world by 2050. It celebrates the genius of the scientists, engineers, activists and entrepreneurs whose breakthroughs and courage made this world possible.
And it's absolutely not science fiction. I've spent a huge amount of time over the past couple of years delving into the innovation pipeline for all the key technology areas on which our sustainable future depends: energy, water, waste management, land use, resources and so on. Practically everything we need to fashion a sustainable world for nine billion people is either out there, on the drawing board or in the lab. And the pace of change is extraordinary; the wealth creating potential quite staggering.
But without the political will to get all that financed and deployed – at a massive scale, in the shortest period of time possible, all around the world – the pipeline stays locked.
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