Rapport van Rome en onze duurzame wereld

Duurzame ontwikkeling is ontwikkeling die aansluit op de behoeften van het heden zonder het vermogen van toekomstige generaties om in hun eigen behoeften te voorzien in gevaar te brengen, aldus de definitie van de VN-commissie Brundtland uit 1987.


Duurzaamheid gaat over de schaarste van de hulpbronnen waarmee welvaart wordt voortgebracht, zowel nu als in de toekomst. De oppervlakte van de aarde is eindig; grondstoffen kunnen op raken; en de opnamecapaciteit van de atmosfeeren onze natuurlijke omgeving kent haar grenzen.

Dit is anno 2015 zo logisch als wat. Het is dan ook goed om te beseffen dat in 1987

voor het eerst een VN bijeenkomst besteed werd hieraan en dat in 1972 pas voor het eerst een en ander benoemd werd in “the limits of growth” van de Club van Rome

IN APRIL 1968, a group of thirty individuals from ten
countries-scientists, educators, economists, humanists, industrialists,
and national and international civil servants-gathered
in the Accademia dei Lincei in Rome. They met at the instigation
of Dr. Aurelio Peccei, an Italian industrial manager,
economist, and man of vision, to discuss a subject of staggering
scope-the present and future predicament of man.
Out of this meeting grew The Club of Rome, an informal
organization that has been aptly described as an “invisible
college.” Its purposes are to foster understanding of the varied
but interdependent components-economic, political, natural,
and social-that make up the global system in which we all
live; to bring that new understanding to the attention of
policy-makers and the public worldwide; and in this way to
promote new policy initiatives and action.

But it was one of the first times that the world was seen as a limited system, and that mannkind had an effect. simple diagram grew to a huge system

Screen Shot 2014-12-30 at 17.22.38  Screen Shot 2014-12-30 at 17.16.24 with this model build into a computer program all kind of scenarious could be calculated, and the result shows that we are phasing a real problem

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This was done in the period where the first people looked to the earth from outer space and saw with their own eyes the limitation of our planet. Wubbo Ockels always named earth “as spaceship earth” he ment to say: “that it is all we have.”.

Nowadays earth satellites and computer models give us very clear predictions of the weather and the climat. If you click on the picture you come at a website giving beautiful images.

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If you have some more time please look at this beautiful movie (2 hours).


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