04/10/2013 07:34 am ET Updated Jun 10, 2013

12 Reasons To Have Hope For Humanity (PHOTOS)

The world is up against big problems in the 21st century -- climate change, energy, fresh water shortages, and the challenge to feed the world, to name a few.

In my new book, The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet ($29.95, UPNE), I show how innovation can help us overcome those problems.

Success against these challenges isn't guaranteed. But if we innovate fast enough, we can beat climate change and resource scarcity, bring billions out of poverty, and have less impact on the planet.

12 reasons to have hope for the planet and humanity