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Martin Rees: Listening to public key to emboldening leaders

by Carley Bowman

File under Climate EmergencyFile under Next Gen

Astronomer Royal Lord Martin Rees told us business leaders and politicians must think far more boldly and longer term. They then have a chance to embrace the huge challenges in a world where things are changing in an ‘unprecedented way’.

He was talking to Thinking the Unthinkable Founder and Co-Director Nik Gowing at the Hay Literary Festival, where he presented a series of alerts in his new, widely acclaimed book On The Future: Prospects for Humanity.

He told us that changing public opinion is a key catalyst to enable leaders to take a longer term perspective.

Lord Rees welcomed the ‘new-found activism of the young’ on climate change. He said avoiding the catastrophic projections for the end of the century required a ‘big change in the way economic decisions are taken’.

As we argue in our TTU work, the Next Gen hold the key.

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