By Rama Gaind
PS News Books
Plan for the Planet: A Business Plan for a Sustainable World
By Ian Chambers and John Humble (Gower Publishing, $39.60, softcover, 326 pages)
Each one of us can—and should—assist in making a difference in the face of global changes, and do it successfully.
That’s the message from Ian Chambers and the late management expert John Humble. They say that the time of “unrestrained and continuous growth is no longer sustainable”.
Drawing on initiatives, research and best practices from around the globe, the book builds a plan for business and a sustainable planet.
Plan for the Planet draws on their combined extensive global business management experience with a practical approach to achieve an outcome we would all be proud to hand on to the next generation.
Chambers has real concerns: “The global challenges we are now facing on the planet—continuing population growth, overuse of water resources, depletion of biodiversity, reliance on non-renewable energy sources, rising food prices and climate disruptions—are far greater than at the last Earth Summit, and the timeframes to address them much shorter…”
Many of us are disturbed and want to do something about it. With major progress in technology, communications and engineering, we have the ability to drive this change and globally coordinate actions through world-wide management capabilities.
After all, that’s what links billions to instant information over the Internet, that connects more than 700 million directly through Facebook, that allows us to organise ourselves for global events such as the Olympic Games and beam these events to billions.
Armed with such competences, together with the inclusive and beneficial framework elaborated upon in this book, government, business and the community can work together to build a sustainable world.
It’s an alarming thought, but with ‘only one planet, we cannot afford to fail’.
Edition 345, 22 January 2013
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