Dr. Keith Suter, Managing Director of Global Directions think tank, underlines the challenges of the 21st century, from climate change to mental health and economic retooling. Suter asserts that this century is marked by environmental consequences resulting from economic growth in the 20th century. The lack of public consensus on climate change, mental health issues overshadowing physical ailments, and the race for rare earth metals necessary for the next industrial revolution are all pressing issues highlighted by Suter. Additionally, he points out the lack of national plans to retool economies and underfunding of environmental protection at all levels of governance. Dr. Suter’s insights call for a radical rethinking and a holistic approach to global challenges. He emphasises the need for investment in cleantech and retooling economies, while addressing the fragmented way of thinking that has led to interconnected problems. This underscores the urgency for governments and the private sector to invest strategically in environmental protection, mental health, and economic transformation to navigate the complexities of the 21st century.
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