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COME ON, FROM GLOBAL COLLAPSE TO NEW ENLIGHTENMENT ?
Based on a report for the 50th anniversary of Club of Rome
Gunter Pauli was born in Belgium and obtained his MBA from INSEAD. Member of the Club of Rome, former owner and president of ECOVER, he is also the founder of the Zero Emissions Research and
Initiatives (ZERI) network, and he is an author of various environmentally themed books of which The Blue Econ- omy initiated a world wide movement.
Co-President of Club of Rome, chairman of Swedish Association of Recycling Industries, chairman of the Governing Board of Cli- mate-KIC; former president GLOBE EU; former UN Assistant Secretary-General. Anders Wijkman is an opinionmaker and author.
PART 1 / DON’T CALL CURRENT TRENDS SUSTAINABLE by A. Wijkman.
The current status, the combination of financial, social, ecological demographic and technological challenges facing us.
PART 2 / DON’T STICK TO OUTDATED PHILOSOPHIES by A. Wijkmann.
The need for rethinking the philosophy and the economic model guiding us – Quest for a New Enlightenment.
PART 3 / EXCITING JOURNEY IN A SUSTAINABLE WORLD by G.Pauli.
Three series of examples how we can do better – everything from regenerative agriculture and the circular economy to financial sector reform (Including the blue economy). The “Blue Economy business model” will shift society from scarcity to abundance “with what is locally available”, by tackling issues that cause environmental and related problems in new ways.
THE BLUE ECONOMY
The Blue Economy in short is Zeri ́s philosophy in action, where the best for health and the environment is cheapest and the necessities for life are free thanks to a local system of production and consumption that works with what you have.
The Innovative Business Models that are proposed, are capable of bringing competitive products and services to the market responding to basic needs while building social capital and enhance mindful living in harmony with nature’s evolutionary path.
Competitiveness is harnessing and optimizing the innate virtues and values connecting untapped local potential – like a natural system, where the seeds lie fallow only to sprout with amazing vigor at the first rain unleashing joy and happiness as the conditions for mind full-living are met in balance and in harmony.
The human footprint is increasing fast and will – if not reversed – eventually lead to a collapse of the global economy. So say the authors of the new book Come On! which proposes an overhaul in the way that governments, businesses, financial systems, innovators and families interact with our planet.
Now, in cooperation with more than 30 members from the Club of Rome, authors Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker and Anders Wijkman, the sitting co-presidents of the Club, suggest possible solutions to the global ecological and social crises. At the core is the suggestion to develop a new Enlightenment for a „Full World”: we can no longer depend on a societal model that was developed for a world of less than one billion people.
Humans and farm animals constitute 97 percent of the bodyweight of all living land vertebrates on earth so it’s not surprising that the remaining 3 percent of wildlife struggles to compete for land and for survival. Alongside an environmental crisis are social, political and moral crises. Billions of people no longer put trust in their governments, poverty has deepened in many countries, in the US the middle-class is rapidly shrinking.
Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker argues: “Our shared wellbeing on a healthy planet demands a rethinking of reigning philosophies and a new Enlightenment that could seek inspiration from old traditions.” Measuring our success on GDP growth has proven inadequate to the task and it also masks a growth in inequality between rich and poor.
New indicators such as a Genuine Progress Indicator could more accurately measure economic welfare.
The present model of development is seriously flawed. Profit maximization – under the principle of shareholder value first – and saving the planet are inherently in conflict. The new Enlightenment must be characterized by a vastly improved balance between humans and nature, between markets and the law, between private consumption and public goods, between short-term and long term thinking, between social justice and incentives for excellence.
Advances in technology will be crucial. We need technology disruption in many sectors, not least to curb greenhouse gas emissions. But disruption must be balanced by efforts to support the losers, both among companies and employees.
This book comprises many practical examples, success stories and opportunities for the “Full World”. A move towards a circular economy can help overcome mineral scarcity, significantly lower carbon emissions and increase the number of jobs.
Regenerative agriculture will help stop soil erosion, enhance yields and build carbon in the soil. Efforts have to be made to rein in the financial sector by increasing capital reserves and control of money creation.