The global transition has begun—a planetary society will
take shape over the coming decades. But its outcome is in
question. Current trends set the direction of departure for the journey,
not its destination. Depending on how environmental and social
conflicts are resolved, global development can branch into dramatically
different pathways. On the dark side, it is all too easy to envision
a dismal future of impoverished people, cultures and nature.
Indeed, to many, this ominous possibility seems the most likely. But
it is not inevitable. Humanity has the power to foresee, to choose
and to act. While it may seem improbable, a transition to a future
of enriched lives, human solidarity and a healthy planet is possible.