While the need for economic growth calls for increased industrial production and energy use, the increase in population and its increasing demands puts pressure on land-use patterns, energy consumption, ecosystem and forests. The pressure is more on the developing and under-developed countries, where poor living conditions of majority of the population demand rapid economic growth. All these call for a careful balancing of development and control measures to ensure sustainable future for the Earth. This can be achieved only through constant interactions and involvement of scientists doing basic and applied research with social scientists and policy makers.
‘Future Earth’ is a major international research platform that was launched in 2015. This initiative hopes to create a global network of scientists and policy makers for providing the knowledge and support to accelerate transformations towards a sustainable world. The primary vision of Future Earth is ‘science for the people’.