"This thoughtful and thought-provoking book will be inspiring, and challenging, for all who really care about our common future."
—Gro Harlem Brundtland, former prime minister of Norway; leader, World Commission on Environment and Development
"An unconventional and lucid explanation of the likely macroeconomic developments of the world over the next forty years."
—Lord Nicholas Stern, author, The Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change; chair, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics
"It's too late to wonder how different and refreshingly breathable the world would be if everyone had listened hard to Jorgen Randers 40 years ago. The question now is if we'll heed him this time. Here's our chance. Please seize it, everyone."
—Alan Weisman, author of The World Without Us and Gaviotas
"With clarity, conscience, and courage, global-systems pioneer Jorgen Randers and his distinguished contributors map the forces that will shape the next four decades. Their sobering but far from despairing insights will encourage all who strive in applied hope to build a society worthy of nature's legacy and humans' potential."
—Amory B. Lovins, chairman and chief scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute; senior author, Reinventing Fire; coauthor, Natural Capitalism
"A sober, cogent, and courageous assessment of a future not dictated by fate, or economics, or limits to technology, but by the most egregious leadership failure in history. But there is still time to change course . . . just enough time and no more."
—David W. Orr, Oberlin College, author of Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse
"This is an extraordinary and profoundly important book. Randers' mastery of many fields is impressive, and he presents his 'best guess' future with clarity and force. As a result, he provides a challenging template against which we can judge our own expectations for mid-century."
—James Gustave Speth, author of America the Possible
"Read 2052 and get the views of a great futurist—one with a fine track record of being right."
—Paul R. Ehrlich, author of The Dominant Animal