The Meaning of the 21st Century

We are at an extraordinary crossroads of human history. Our actions, or failure to act, during the next 20 years will determine the fate of the Earth and human civilization for centuries to come. This is a make-or-break century.

Humanity's demands on the planet are growing rapidly. If we are able to make the planet and civilization work, we face a magnificent future. If we fail, we could be headed for a new Dark Age. This book describes what will make the difference.

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THE MEANING OF THE 21ST CENTURY

A BOOK BY JAMES MARTIN

Riverhead Penguin, New York, 2007.
Transworld, London, 2007.

Written in conjunction with a film of the same title, narrated by Michael Douglas.

There are massive problems in the decades ahead. The public is aware of some of the effects of global warming and climate change. There are many other megaproblems, some more dangerous or debilitating. The good news is that there are solutions.

Innovative thinking, cooperation around the world and exciting new technologies are providing answers. What is missing is appropriate education, comprehension, and political will.

Young people everywhere need charts of the worldscape ahead. They, collectively, will be responsible for the greatest transition in human history. We must teach young people to understand this century and play its complex game, They must be given the confidence to transform their lifestyles, and learn the solutions to the century's megaproblems. We can create civilizations more magnificent than anything yet conceived. We need the political will to transform our world rather than wreck it.

THIS BOOK IS ABOUT THE MOST VITALLY IMPORTANT SUBJECT OF OUR TIME