Securing a sustainable future
The dangerous effects of climate change threaten to undo the development gains the MDGs helped achieve
When Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels wrote that “All that is solid melts into air," they intended it as a metaphor for the disruptive transformations that the Industrial Revolution implied for established social norms. Today, their words can be taken literally: Carbon-dioxide emissions and other industrial pollutants released into the atmosphere are changing the planet—with huge implications for the environment, health, population movements and social justice. The world is at a crossroads, and the progress we have made in these areas could vanish into thin air.