The world was a very different place in 1958, the year I was born.

As I turn 60 this week, I’m taking stock — of my own life, the state of the world and the future of our planet.

Planet Earth’s future is uncertain as we begin to finally realise what a mess we’ve made of things as we’ve evolved and grown and developed new ways of making our lives easier. These ways have had a profound effect on the natural systems of our world.

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