Countdown puts forward the view that the total direction of our development, and the values on which it based, is wrong and leading towards a human and environmental catastrophe. The author identifies economics and economic growth as the main cause of this situation and suggests a new framework for wealth creation and distribution guided by a new science which he has named philonomics.
Michael Thomas has over 30 years of experience in international environmental and development work. He has also engaged in research into the causes and symptoms of the current financial and environmental crisis. He is the Future in Our Hands International Network Coordinator and is founder of the organisation's Education and Development Fund. He is also Chairman of Plant a Tree in Africa.