[Journal:] The Central European Review of Economics and Management (CEREM) [ISSN:] 2544-0365 [Volume:] 4 [Issue:] 3 [Year:] 2020 [Pages:] 15-22
Aim: awareness of the inherent unsustainability of past economic development, the magnitude and multidimensionality of the resulting environmental problems and the urgency of a paradigm shift in politics and economics. Design / Research methods: reflection on Matthias Glaubrecht´s book "Das Ende der Evolution" (The End of Evolution). Additionally Yuval Harari´s book "Sapiens" and some online sources were used. Conclusions / findings: An evolutionary developed cognitive superiority has made Homo sapiens not only to the most successful but also the most destructive species ever, which makes a drastic shift towards sustainable development is overdue in the 21st century. Originality / value of the article: highlighting the slow and merciless mechanisms of evolution and its big cycles, raising more awareness of the vulnerability of mankind and the necessity for a paradigm shift. Implications of the research (if applicable): urgency of sustainable development in politics, economics and research.
sustainable development evolution environmental economics politics