1. Human pressures on the Earth's ecosystems and climate, unless mitigated substantially, will cause dangerous climate change, massive species extinction, and the destruction of vital life-support functions.
  2. The world's population continues to rise at a dangerously rapid pace, specially in the regions least able to absorb a rising population.
  3. One sixth of the world remains trapped in extreme poverty unrelieved by global economic growth, and the poverty trap poses tragic hardships for the poor themselves and great risks for the rest of the world.
  4. We are paralyzed in the very process of global problem solving, weighed down by cynicism, defeatism, and outdated institutions.