38  The future is now

Human security as a choice

Johanna Wolf, Karen O’Brien and Linda Sygna

Let us take inspiration from the solutions we see around us and from the transformations that we know are possible. Let us prove to future generations that we had the vision to see where we needed to go, and the wisdom to get there.

(UN Secretary Ban-Ki Moon Remarks to UNFCCC COP18, Doha, December 4, 2012)

Introduction

As the biophysical environment of the twenty-first century is changing all around us, so too is the social environment in flux. We live in a period where multiple transformative changes are already underway; while global environmental change is taking place at unprecedented rates, the axis of global geopolitical powers is shifting, global ...

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