The future in a globalised world

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 13 July 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:h

A friend grew up in the 1960s in a Warwickshire where many of the population had never visited Coventry, which was 11 miles away. Two years ago I flew 11 times to the United States, twice to Australia, once to Africa, and many times within Europe, wrecking the environment as I went. Like it or not, we live in a globalised world where time and distance are annihilated and our fates are intertwined. “It really boils down to this,” wrote Martin Luther King Jr. “All life is inter-related. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment …

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