Since the report to The Club of Rome
Limits of Growth was published some 30 years ago, the question is still open which approach we must take with our planet. Three factors will have the most influence on the global development of the environment: demographic and climate development and the potential for innovation. The concept of sustainability requires long-term thinking in order to use natural resources in such a way that future generations have the same opportunities we do. This message is confirmed in this review by the members of the Club of Rome’s European Forum on Sustainability, which was founded in autumn 2002 in Vienna by the European Support Centre of the Club of Rome in co-operation with the Austrian Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Labour and in partnership with the United Nations Information Service (UNIS) Vienna, together with high-level experts and scientists. An immediate and extensive global course correction across the board would, however, be required.
Thus far in fact, the price paid for the success of globalisation has been very high – environmental degradation and a global social split. This review presents as potential solutions a new economic model, an international treaty between the North and the South, a fundamental right to food and the principles of a sustainable retirement reform.
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2004. 239 pp., num. fig., tables and graphs
Contents: Klaus Töpfer: The Significance of Sustainability - Sustainability of Prosperity – Uwe Möller: Sustainability:
Expectations and Reality – Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker: Sustainable Development: A Contradiction in Terms or an Economic Necessity
– Karin Feiler/Gabriele Zöbl: World History from the Viewpoint of Sustainable Development – Josef Schmid: The Demographic
Development – Mahendra Shah: The Climate Change: Mitigation and Adaptation – Franz Josef Radermacher: Neoliberalism against
Sustainable Development? – Josef Riegler: Eco-social Market Policy as Political Concept – Petra C. Gruber: Good Global Governance:
On the Necessity for Sustainable Awareness & Global Governance in an Interdependent World – Orio Giarini: Governance and the
New Economic Order – Patrick M. Liedtke: The Limits of Monetisation - Changes in the Money-Driven Society – Walter R. Stahel:
Risk and Sustainability – Michael Windfuhr/Maartje van Galen: Right to Food – Bert Rürup/Jochen G. Jagob: Social Contract
between the Generations: Work & Pension – Hans Küng: Society and Ethos – Martin Bartenstein: The Implementation of Sustainability
brings Sustainable Prosperity.