We have escaped from co-evolutions grip and broken free of environmental restraints that protect our fragile eco systems. Since the evolution of humans from Africa human history has been a tale of destruction but as cultures evolve co-evolution slowly drew them into balance with the ecosystems they created. The problem is humans are evolving so quickly the fate of the environment has been forgotten in the search for growth and personal wealth. Modern humans live their lives, Flannery writes, without the slightest thought about the consequences.
Well regulated markets build sustainable wealth - poverty is not inevitable. Flannery quotes John F Kennedy who said, 'if a free country cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich' -advice ignored in the USA and New Zealand. New generations, those currently protesting against the rich world wide, may develop new ways of thinking about the challenges.
World wide politics is the future challenge.