Solving the global challenges of the 21st century with large-scale cooperative agreements

Humankind realises since the turn of the 21st century that it faces common, global issues. These issues, which we call the global challenges of the 21st century, can be ranked as follows, from the most complex to act upon, because they depend upon the laws of physics and biology and upon geological constraints, to those that could be (but are not) easier to address, because they imply social conventions only:

  1. climate change, and more generally the excessive and unsustainable pressure that humankind exerts on the natural environment that supports human civilisation;

  2. demographics and the explosion in the number of elderly and chronically-ill people;

  3. the economic and social inequalities brought by digital technologies and more generally by fixed-cost integrated systems;

  4. the concentration of power in the hands of increasingly footloose multi-national corporations;

  5. the rise in poverty and precariousness for large fractions of the population, and, as a consequence of the above,

  6. a rising wave of mass migrations and of xenophobic nationalism.

Confronted with these global trends, feeling grows that the world is governed by a global, selfish oligarchy, doing nothing to prevent a global collapse made of ecological disaster, social chaos, political fragmentation and nationalistic wars.

Solving these problems requires large-scale cooperative agreements on sharing fairly the costs, benefits and risks of the adaptations that are required from our societies to reach the Society of Agreement, within the very short time frame given left to us by the physical and biological laws governing climate change and resource depletion. This is a daunting task.

We create the CosmoPolitical Cooperative to enable the large-scale cooperative agreements needed to solve, on time, the global challenges of the 21st century.

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