We all bear a significant historical responsibility to ensure comprehensive, balanced, and sustainable economic and social development for a global population. We look toward the future to promote development in the world as a whole, and promote durable common prosperity and equal opportunities to eliminate poverty while minimizing environmental abuse. (Singh & Wen, 2008) This dimension addresses a number of essential questions on a balanced future:
- How will climate change impact the future of humanity? Is it too late?
- Can we feed the growing population on the planet without destroying it?
- Does humanity have a future beyond Planet Earth – or is this merely the stuff of science fiction?
- Will the world ever be able to eliminate poverty, unequal distribution of wealth, and unequal access to healthcare?
- Will religious and ethnic minorities remain ‘minorities’ in the future?
- Will gender equality be achieved through the development of the arts, humanities and sciences? (Rees, et al., 2016)