Much has happened since 1972. The Earth’s population has doubled, global GDP has increased nearly five-fold, and human ingenuity and cooperation have led to increased food production as well as better water supply and sanitation.

Nevertheless, we are pushing the planet’s systems to the edge, threatening our own well-being and that of future generations. Connecting back to Menton Message from 1972, the authors of today’s letter call for all of us to change our course of action and become good ancestors and better neighbours. The letter highlights what has taken place between 1972 and 2022, identifies the interconnected problems, root causes, and suggests the way forward.

Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) co-convened the group of experts, together with International Science Council and Future Earth . SEI Executive Director Måns Nilsson participated in the expert group and is a signatory of the letter in his individual capacity as a scientists.

The letter has been signed by Maria Ivanova, University of Massachusetts Boston and Sharachchandra Lele, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), India, as co-Chairs of the Expert Writing Group and published in part in Nature .

Read the letter in its entirety here .