The world struggles with increasing threats to global sustainability, caused by population growth, overuse of fresh water resources, depletion of biodiversity, and reliance on non-renewable energy sources. There is an urgent need for an overall plan to address these challenges in a coordinated and effective manner. Whether in government, business, community or as an individual, we need to begin acting a lot smarter, faster and more collaboratively if we are going to avert the potential devastating impacts on this planet. Plan for the Planet outlines a co-ordinated approach to tackling the global challenges we face which can be implemented at every level. Using proven business management wisdom and principles, this book provides perhaps the most comprehensive and robust framework within which business, government and the community can work together to build a sustainable world. Whether you want to understand how to prepare your organisation and yourself to deal successfully with the global challenges, or seize the opportunities which are fast developing with the emergence of the sustainability revolution, you will benefit from reading this timely book.
Table of Contents
Contents: Why we need a plan for the planet; Part I Understanding Our Current Situation. Part II Understanding the Key Global Challenges: Executive Brief No. 1: population growth; Executive Brief No. 2: climate change; Executive Brief No. 3: energy supplies; Executive Brief No. 4: water and food supplies; Executive Brief No. 5: planet sustainability and biodiversity; Executive Brief No. 6: extreme poverty; Executive Brief No. 7: global health; Executive Brief No. 8: universal education; Executive Brief No. 9: conflict and peace; Executive Brief No. 10: financing a sustainable world; Executive Brief No. 11: the challenge of interconnectivity - the perfect storm or the perfect opportunity; Part III Developing a Plan for the Planet: Building a global vision for Planet Earth; Global objectives and strategies: addressing our key global challenges; Taking responsibility: translating understanding into action. Part IV Managing a Plan for the Planet: Ten global management best practices; Global management best practices: Applications to managing a plan for the planet; Global management best practices: a health check. Part V Delivering a Plan for the Planet: Leveraging the triangle of change; Leveraging international organisations and government; Leveraging the business contribution; Leveraging the power of the people; Embracing the new green revolution; Embracing the spiritual imperative; Epilogue; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.
'As the world struggles with increasing threats to sustainability caused by population growth, overuse of fresh water resources, depletion of biodiversity, reliance on non-renewable energy sources, rising prices of food and climate disruptions, there is an urgent need for a Plan for the Planet. Everyone would benefit from reading this book.' William. N. Ryerson, President, Population Media Centre and CEO, Population Institute, USA 'A long term plan is as important as good design. Both are essential tools for our sustainable future. Plan for the Planet provides this and more. An intelligent review of how we are performing as a 'global village', where the priorities are and how we can collectively make the greatest advances with the least delay. We all have a significant part to play, this purpose built management plan defines the roles, strategies and best practice methods required to make it happen. Essential reading.' Greg Campbell_DesignOz / Convenor, Society for Responsible Design 'This is a controversial subject that polarises opinions. Much of what is written elsewhere is opinion rather than substance. Here is a book that deserves attention because the arguments are supported by clearly identifying data that can not only be independently checked because it is clearly set out in a tabulated form. The advantage is that it makes it possible for the reader to make eventual adjustments that will become necessary through future events and developments. A book worth buying and a book worth keeping.' Dr Peter Starbuck (on Amazon.co.uk)