The World Economic Forum conducts an extensive global survey annually involving experts from academia, business, government, the international community and civil society. This survey assesses the perception of the greatest risks, in the short and long term, facing the world.

In the most recent survey, 34 risks were identified, of which the 5 considered the most serious in terms of consequences stand out in the illustration.

It is important to note that none of the risks that occupied the first places of importance were of an economic nature.

Respondents’ perceptions show that in the next two years, two of the 5 risks identified as potentially most damaging are related to the potential misuse of technology, the development of technology, and the use of technology in the United States. The other three risks address environmental, social and geopolitical issues, showing significant diversity.

It is notable that, according to respondents, the most critical risks facing the world in 10 years will be of an environmental nature.

It seems that it is perceived that in the next 10 years we will have the capacity to mitigate most of the risks related to technology, economy, society and geopolitical aspects, but not those related to the environment.

The real problem lies not in our ability to address environmental risks, but in the lack of real will to do so, either through lack of information or sheer negligence.

We cannot wait 10 years to see if these predictions come true; It is imperative to start acting now. Governments, universities, companies and above all us, society, must collaborate to ensure a sustainable future with adequate living conditions and the ability to feed future generations.