207 pages, colour photos, colour illustrations
"Abundance within planetary boundaries requires a deep mind-shift. Not growth without limits. Not limits to growth, but growth within limits." We've entered the Anthropocene the era of massive human impacts on Earth which redefines our future. Our actions are now threatening to trigger tipping points that could knock the planet out of its stable state.
In Big World, Small Planet, the authors bring together science, photography, and storytelling to share the latest insights on the necessity, possibility, and opportunities presented by a new development paradigm abundance within planetary boundaries. Safeguarding the remaining beauty on Earth, and using global sustainability to unleash innovation and build resilience, are at the heart of this new narrative of world growth within Earth's limits. 2015 is the most important year of enviromental decisions in decades. The UN will renew its Millenium goals and world leaders will meet in Paris later in the year to renegotiate the Kyoto Protocol.
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Johan Rockström is one of the world s leading international scientists on global sustainability. He is Science Advisor to Peter Bakker (President World Business Council for Sustainable Development, WBCSD) and regularly gives scientific advice to the UN/Ban Ki-moon SDG process (the Open Working Group in the General Assembly). He is Co-chair with Professor Jeffrey Sachs (Earth Institute) of the Growth within planetary boundaries theme of the Ban Ki-moon Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). He is Executive Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre and Chair of several international science-policy-business initiatives on global sustainable development (EAT Forum on Food and Health; Earth League a network of world leading Earth science institutions; Water-Land-Ecosystem program of the CGIAR/Green revolution institutes; Arctic Resilience Assessment for the Arctic Council). Johan Rockström is in the Swedish government's Future's Commission and has been elected Sweden s most influential person on environmental issues two years in a row, and voted Swede of the year 2009.
Mattias Klum is a Swedish photographer and filmmaker, known for portraying, in his own artistic way, endangered species, natural environments and ethnic minorities in peril around the globe. Since 1997, he has had a number of articles and cover images published by National Geographic magazine. Klum was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2008. He is a Senior Fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, a Fellow at the National Geographic Society and the Linnean Society of London. This is Klum's thirteenth book.