Earth’s future depends on these five “turns”.

50 years ago, the research center Club of Rome shook the world with its report “The Limits to Growth”. Today it is considered the most influential publication on the impending overburden of the planet. The research group warned that if the global economy does not change, the economy, environment and quality of life will collapse – and they have now published a new report.

Earth for All is about the most important actions that will make a livable future for humanity possible. It’s not too late – that’s what the report reports, the result of two years’ cooperation of international experts, insistently.

The most important problem is our collective inability to distinguish between fact and fiction.

Club of Rome authors

The future of humanity depends on five extraordinary faces: ending poverty, eliminating stark inequality, empowering women, building healthy diets for people and ecosystems, and transitioning to clean energy.

Two scenarios for the future

The lead authors are Sandrine Dixon Dicliffe, co-chair of the Club of Rome, and Earth system scientist Johann Rockström, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. The group used a computer simulation for the report. From a variety of possible scenarios, two were chosen, titled “Too Little, Too Late” and “Giant Leap”.

Too little, too late shows what could happen if the currently dominant economic system more or less continues as it has for the past 50 years. In contrast, Giant Leap wonders what would happen if the economic system was reshaped through bold and extraordinary efforts to build a more resilient civilization. Possible developments in the imaginary fate of four girls born in 2020 from China, USA, Bangladesh and Nigeria are illustrated.

A factor that experts consider very important: an education that teaches critical thinking and the thinking of complex systems, to girls and boys alike.
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Time and time again, experts assert that they see greater equality and justice as a silver lining to a future worth living in. The extreme degree of inequality is very damaging, “even for the wealthy.” Another factor: education that teaches critical thinking to both girls and boys. “The most important problem is our collective inability to distinguish between fact and fiction.” There is an industry of disinformation and disinformation, which contributes to “our inability to work together or even agree on basic facts in the face of collective challenges.”

The tasks are huge. The obstacles are enormous. The dangers are enormous. Our time is short.

Club of Rome authors

One of the challenges in transforming the global energy system is the “very real risk” of social destabilization as the energy system is redesigned. “When the poorest majority are the hardest hit by rising energy costs, these people will protest energy policies.”

“We know what you’re going to say now,” he said at the end of the speech. “The tasks are enormous. The obstacles are enormous. The dangers are enormous. The time we have is short.” Tasks must be processed before the end of this contract. “Currently. When I criticize this book.”

But no matter how difficult the scale and speed of the transformation may be, there may be good news: In some areas, development may already be more advanced than expected and all that is needed is a nudge to finally start working. Although the evidence presented is ambitious, it is “consistently optimistic”. How likely are we to make it? “That, dear readers, depends on what you do next.”

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