Maja Göpel, Guarding our Future: How to Protect Future Generations, The Solutions Journal, Volume 1, Issue 6, November 2010, Pages 62-70 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/guarding-our-future-how-to-protect-future-generations/) Abstract: All over the world, climate change, environmental destruction, financial crises, and the widening gap between rich and poor are spreading insecurity and fear. Common sense suggests that these challenges are too big for one country to handle alone and too structural in nature to ignore where our expertise needs an update. We are the first generations whose decisions will determine for good or ill the future of human life on this planet, and we seem stuck in a way of thinking that is obsolete in a globalized world of growing populations. We remain mired in institutional stalemates that inhibit farsighted action, and are trapped by the fear of losing individual material wealth, a fear that jeopardizes any spirit of common action. All this even though we have been aware for decades that the trajectory of human development needs to change: In 1983, the UN General Assembly established the World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED) to investigate what seemed a collision … Topics: Community; Governance; Sustainability