However, we are rapidly approaching our planet’s limits, with trends such as advancing climate change and the destruction of biological diversity jeopardising our natural life support systems.
Humankind has become a dominant factor within the Earth System. Indeed, some researchers have coined the term Anthropocene (‘The Age of Man’).
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Nonetheless, there are also some positive developments, such as the shift in values towards greater environmental awareness which can be observed worldwide, as well as democratisation and a decrease in poverty. A major transformation towards a sustainable society is both necessary and feasible.