Life depends on a complex set of interactions between people, the natural environment and economic systems. The unprecedented growth seen during the 20th century has affected these relationships in both positive and negative ways. Record levels of pollution have put great stress on the environment. Economic growth has created immense wealth in some areas of the globe, but left others behind. Understanding the essential elements that support healthy societies and a healthy planet is an urgent need for people and their governments.
Two thousand three hundred miles to the west of Chile and 1 300 miles to the east of Polynesia’s Pitcairn Islands lies an island that has inspired intense interest ...