And then

This book is a companion to Human and Environment Security: An Agenda for Change, edited by Felix Dodds and Tim Pippard (Earthscan, 2005).

We believe that we are the first generation who realizes that our personal actions affect, but also contribute to, the sustainability of our planet. We have, perhaps, a short time: 10 to 20 years to redirect the development model that has dominated this period of our lives on this planet. We know that it is destroying options for future generations. On this generation falls the burden of proving to the world that we really mean it when we say that all people are created free and equal and should benefit from the fruits of this planet to ensure that we live in a sustainable way.

We might all wish for an easier challenge, a more tranquil world; but that isn't our lot. If we are to create a sustainable world for all living people and future generations to come, then we must change now, not in 10 to 20 years. Let us hope that Einstein was not right when he said: 'Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.'

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