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Preface Acknowledgments Executive Summary Part One - C'mon! Don't tell me the current trends are sustainable! 1.1 Introduction: The World in Disarray 1.2 Limits to Growth - how relevant was its message? 1.3 Planetary Boundaries 1.4 The Anthropocene 1.5 The Climate Challenge 1.6 Other disasters ahead 1.7 Unsustainable population growth - and urbanisation 1.8 Unsustainable agriculture and food system 1.9 Trade versus environment 1.10 The 2030 Agenda - the devil is in implementation 1.11 Do we like disruptions? The case of the digital revolution 1.12 From Empty World to Full World Part Two - C'mon! Don't stick to outdated philosophies! 2.1 Laudato Si: The Pope raises His voice 2.2 Change the Story, Change the Future 2.3 1991: "The First Global Revolution" 2.4 Capitalism got arrogant 2.5 The failure of the market doctrine 2.6 Philosophical errors of the market doctrine 2 .7 Reductionist philosophy is shallow and inadequate 2.8 Gaps between Theory, Education and Social Reality 2.9 Tolerance and long-term perspectives 2.10 We may need a New Enlightenment Part Three Come On! Join us on an exciting journey towards a sustainable world! 3.1 A regenerative economy 3.2 Development Alternatives 3.3 The Blue Economy 3.4 Decentralized energy 3.5 Some agricultural success stories 3.6 Regenerative urbanization: Ecopolis 3.7 Climate: Some good news, but bigger challenges 3.8 Circular economy requires a new economic logic 3.9 Five-fold resource productivity 3.10 Healthy disruption 3.11 Reform of the financial sector 3.12 Reform of the economic set-up 3.13 Benign investment 3.14 Measuring well-being rather than GDP 3.15 Civil Society, Social Capital and Collective Leadership 3.16 Global Governance 3.17 National level action: China and Bhutan 3.18 Education for a sustainable civilization Conclusion: We invite readers to `come on' Index Blurbs

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Ernst von Weizsacker, Emmendingen, Germany Anders Wijkman, Stockholm, Sweden


"The new book is essential reading for all of us. ... The book offers many positive, practical examples, success stories and opportunities. Many areas of action concern policies at EU level and are of direct relevance to the current policy debate, for example, a move towards a circular economy can help overcome mineral scarcity, significantly lower carbon emissions and increase the number of jobs or regenerative agriculture can stop soil erosion, enhance yields and build carbon in the soil." (Rod Janssen,, April, 2018)

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