Yale University Press
September 22, 2015
It’s time to turn the page. We’ve entered the Anthropocene – the year of massive human impacts on earth – which redefines our future. Our way of life is threatening to trigger catastrophic tipping points that could knock the planet out of its stable state. In this book we bring together science, photography, and storytelling to share the latest insights on the necessity, possibility, and opportunities presented by a new development paradigm – abundance within planetary boundaries. Safeguarding the remaining beauty on Earth, and using global sustainability to unleash innovation and build resilience, are at the heart of this new narrative of world growth within Earth’s limits.
Johan Rochstrom is the Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre and a Professor in Water Systems and Global Sustainability at Stockholm University. An internationally recognized scientist on global sustainability issues, he leads the science on planetary boundaries – an increasingly established approach to human prosperity in the Anthropocene, which is at the heart of Big World Small Planet. He is an advisor to several governments, international policy processes, and business networks, and has published several books and over 100 scientific articles. He chaired the design phase for Future Earth and currently chairs the Earth League, the EAT initiative, and the CGIAR program on Water, Land, and Ecosystems. He was honored as “Swede of the year” in 2009, and voted Sweden’s most influential person on environmental issues in 2012 and 2013.
Matthias Klum is a freelance photographer and filmmaker from Sweden. In an artistic way that is entirely his own, he has, since 1986, described and portrayed endangered species, natural environments, and ethnic minorities in peril around the globe. Since 1997, he has contributed a number of articles and cover images for National Geographic magazine. Klum was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2008. Klum has been appointed an Ambassador for IUCN and WWF and serves as a member of the Board of Trustees at WWF Sweden. Klum is a Senior Fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, a Fellow at the National Geographic Society and the Linnean Society of London. In 2013 Klum was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Natural Sciences by Stockholm University. This is Klum’s thirteenth book.