It makes no sense to think of human development as something independent of the planet. Because we are immersed in nature. Neglecting this fact threatens future generations with catastrophic risks and constitutes a threat to the many lives today.
The Human Development Report 2020 understands the great challenges humanity faces. While the devastating effects of COVID 19 have dominated the headlines for months, the other crises - from climate change to inequality – haven´t gone away.
First, the use of synthetic fertilizers and the combustion of fossil fuels have produced the greatest disturbance of the biogeochemical nitrogen cycle since it emerged 2.5 billion years ago. We are eliminating the very ground we step on.
Second, species extinction rates are hundreds or thousands of times what is considered normal. We are experiencing a sixth mass extinction of animals, caused by humans.
This report raises vital questions for us. What's next in the human development arena? How do we find routes that expand freedoms while relieving pressure on the planet? Therefore, protecting the planet is the basis of progress and not an obstacle to prosperity.
Can we join in the opportunity to change course before it's too late? Destiny has been replaced by choice, which in turn is based on power. In this new and troubled geological epoch that is the Anthropocene - the epoch of human beings - our species and it alone has the power to reimagine and rebuild the world we live in, to opt for justice and sustainability. The Human Development Report 2020, coming to the end of a tumultuous year characterized by multiple overlapping global crises, helps us lead the way.