Transforming Our World: Necessary, Urgent, and Still Possible
This book addresses the survival of humankind. Our world is the best it has ever been, but it is not sustainable. It is self-destructive; it is marked by war, which can destroy the world in a single day, the destruction of natural and human capital within 10 years, and technologies which could be both beneficial and destructive. We have no future if we continue living as we do currently, and even if we do nothing. This book highlights the kinds of changes which are required. Wars are not biologically necessary and are useless; the culture that established wars can eliminate them. Poverty, hunger and inequality destroy human capital. These destructions can be overcome by changing economic and political paradigms and our mindset. Empathy, freedom, curiosity and wisdom are required.
Ivo Šlaus is the Honorary President of the World Academy of Art and Science, a member of the Pugwash Council, Academia Europaea, the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, the Montenegrin and Macedonian Academies, and the European Leadership Network, and an honorary member of the Club of Rome. He served as Professor of Physics before becoming Emeritus in 2008 at the Rudjer Bošković Institute. He also served Dean of Dag Hammarskjoeld University College for International Affairs and Diplomacy, Croatia, from 2010 to 2018, where he was Professor of Diplomacy and International Affairs. He is a former Member of Parliament of Croatia, former President of the Association of Natural Sciences Institutes in Croatia, and Chairman of the International Network of Centers for Sustainable Development, Ljubljana. He is the author of seven books and 382 publications.
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