The World We Made - by Jonathon Porritt
The World We Made is told through the words of Alex McKay, a teacher looking back from 2050, to tell the story of how we got from where we are today (in a pretty bad way, environmentally) to a much better place in the future.
Part history, part personal memoir, Alex's story charts the key events, technology breakthroughs and lifestyle revolutions that make the world what it is mid-century.
Inevitably, there are lots of 'shocks to the system' along the way - caused by accelerating climate change, threats to food supplies and so on. Those shocks massively reinforce the case for radical changes - which come thick and fast from 2018 onwards.
Paperback | 245 x 172 mm | 320 pages | 185 illustrations
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All royalties from sales of the book will go to support the work of Forum for the Future.
A word from the author
Time after time, over the last 40 years, I have been challenged to show exactly what a sustainable world would actually look like. It took a while, but 'The World We Made' answers that challenge.
And it's a good world to be living in — massively improved by smart, clean technology, and committed to a much fairer, more sustainable model of economic growth.
It's clear to me that we're never going to scare people into living more sustainably! We have to be able to demonstrate just how dynamic and aspirational such a world could be — and that we've still got time to deliver it.
What people are saying about it
'Jonathon Porritt's book dreams big, as if our future depends on it. And it does.' Richard Branson
'I am absolutely bowled over by the brilliance of The World We Made. Its far-sightedness and complete grasp of all the challenges the world is going to face is one thing; to write this charming, easy, accessible, optimistic vision, is really something else.' Joanna Lumley
'Jonathon Porritt does not avoid calamity, nor does he cave in to Doomsday. His crystal ball throws light on the world of our grandchildren. Uplifting stuff from the pen of one of the world's great futurologists!' Bob Brown
'Only Jonathon Porritt could have produced such an imaginative but believable book about sustainability. Alex Mackay's account of how, by 2050, human ingenuity has cracked it, makes me wish I was going to live to see it.' Prue Leith
'Jonathon Porritt has found both the facts and the spirit required for imagining the future!' Bill McKibben