Respecting planetary boundaries and reconnecting to the biosphere

Book chapter

Abstract:

In the latest edition of Worldwatch Institute’s State of the World series, scientists, policy experts, and thought leaders tackle these questions, attempting to restore meaning to sustainability as more than just a marketing tool. In State of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible?, experts define clear sustainability metrics and examine various policies and perspectives, including geoengineering, corporate transformation, and changes in agricultural policy, that could put us on the path to prosperity without diminishing the well-being of future generations. If these approaches fall short, the final chapters explore ways to prepare for drastic environmental change and resource depletion, such as strengthening democracy and societal resilience, protecting cultural heritage, and dealing with increased conflict and migration flows.

Citation: Folke, C. Respecting planetary boundaries and reconnecting to the biosphere. 2013 In: Prugh, T. (ed.) . Respecting planetary boundaries and reconnecting to the biosphere. State of the World 2013. WorldWatch Institute, Washington DC, USA, pp: 19-27.