The third decade of the 21st century is firmly underway with the promise of 2020 vision to clear the fog that threatens our very existence as a human race on our stressed biosphere. We are experiencing a planetary climate emergency from which we need to emerge with a new way of being human that promotes the well being of people and planet.
Read the full article by CoR Co-President Dr. Mamphela Ramphele here.
Club of Rome Co-President Sandrine Dixson-Declève (picture below, left, at one of the WEF discussions) and Executive Committee Member Chandran Nair represent the Club of Rome at the World Economic Forum 2020 in Davos. They participate in numerous events and introduce to the Club of Rome Planetary Emergency Plan.
In this live, virtual fireside chat and audience Q&A, Impact Entrepreneur’s Laurie Lane-Zucker discusses with CoR member Charly Kleissner how impact investing and entrepreneurship can authentically affect systems in order to bring about a truly sustainable and equitable impact economy.
The Club of Rome congratulates European Commission president von der Leyen and vice-president Timmermans on their leadership and foresight in developing a European Green Deal (EGD). The Deal is an opportunity for Europe to show not only leadership on climate neutrality but also on economic, financial and social transformation.
In an open letter to the president and her Commission, The Club of Rome welcomed the Commission’s efforts to make the Deal transformational. The Club believes that the European Green Deal could be a game-changer for Europe and European citizens. As such, the realisation of the final Deal must reflect the paradigm and systems shifts we so urgently need.
On December 2nd a group of NGOs, including the Club of Rome, met with the new president of the ECB, Christine Lagarde, to hand over an open letter calling on the ECB to act on climate change. The letter was signed by more than 160 NGOs.
Sandrine Dixson Declève, co-president of the Club of Rome: “It is high time for the ECB to show leadership in shifting financial flows towards a low carbon equitable economy and take the climate crisis seriously. To do so ECB must follow EIB leadership and pull out of all unabated fossil fuel financing by 2021. This will reinforce the EIB’s message across the globe that the greatest financial risk is investing in stranded high carbon assets and not taking the human and material costs of climate change seriously.“
Lagarde subsequently confirmed climate change will be in the agenda of the ECB’s review next year.
In the new report to the Club of Rome Sustainable Action – Overcoming the Barriers, author Christian Berg unpacks the complexity in understanding the barriers we face in moving towards a sustainable future, providing solution perspectives at every level, from individuals to governments and supra-national organizations, offering a lucid vision of a long-term and achievable goal for sustainability.
15th November 2019, Brussels – The Club of Rome applauds the EIB’s landmark decision to pull out of all unabated fossil fuel financing by 2021. As the world’s largest public financing institution, last night’s decision has put the EIB on the right side of history and secured its status as Europe’s Climate Bank. It follows calls from businesses, investors, civil society and scientific institutions to stand firm on its draft proposal published in July 2019, including an open letter from The Club of Rome and 30 supporting partners.
The Club of Rome Summit 2019 took place on November 6 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The conference brought together leading scientists, policy and decision-makers, business leaders as well as activists from around the world.
Club of Rome Co-president, Sandrine Dixson-Declève, reiterated the urgent need for transformational action on climate change, biodiversity loss and human health and well-being at an event co-hosted by GLOBE EU, The Club of Rome and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation at the European Parliament on 15th October.
Speaking on a panel alongside security expert, Tom Middendorp, MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen and Joss Blériot from the Ellen MaCarthur Foundation, Dixson-Declève was honest in her appraisal of the state of play: “Time is up”.
She noted that the sense of urgency has for too long not resonated beyond expert circles and that to confront the Planetary Emergency head-on, a strategic, joined-up approach is critical: “We need new champions. We need the unusual suspects. We need to be strategic and smart, and ask ourselves how we can cross-fertilise to achieve our common goals”.
She also pointed to the unprecedented opportunity at EU level to influence the direction of the European Green Deal and infuse it with the emergency and transformational thinking it so desperately needs, saying: “We have an immense opportunity at EU level as the new European semester begins. The Club of Rome’s Planetary Emergency Plan can be a reference point for the new European Commission to deliver the European Green Deal”.
In its draft energy lending policy published in July 2019, the EIB recognised that achieving net-zero emissions was necessary to ensure our planet remains safely within the boundary of 1.5C of global warming. In this vein, it made a commitment to halting fossil fuel investments by the end of 2020, while focusing on the energy efficiency first principle, renewable energy and supporting a “just transition” for workers in high-carbon sectors.
The EIB proposal echoes the call to shift away from fossil fuel investments in The Planetary Emergency Plan – written by The Club of Rome with the scientific support of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). The Plan sets out 10 urgent actions in order to achieve the social and economic transformations needed to secure the long-term health and well-being of people and planet.
The signatories of the letter (which include the Potsdam Institute, We Mean Business, UNPRI, The Corporate Leaders Group) join The Club of Rome in recognising that the EIB’s pledge to pull out of new fossil energy lending has already sent an important signal to financial markets and institutions across the globe and heralds a changing tide in the flow of global financial capital.
New York – September 24th. As national leaders meet in New York for the United Nations Climate Action Summit, the Club of Rome has issued a statement proposing nations declare a planetary emergency for climate and nature in 2020. The statement – the Planetary Emergency Plan – makes the case for immediate and wide-ranging action to protect the global commons – the rainforests, ice sheets, oceans and atmosphere. At the same time, the authors say, the global economic system must undergo an equitable transformation in order to properly value a stable planet.
The impacts of climate change and ecological destruction are more severe and are manifesting themselves earlier than many scientific predictions in previous decades had foreseen. Our patterns of economic growth, development, production and consumption are pushing the Earth’s life-support systems beyond their natural boundaries. For 10,000 years, human civilisation has grown and thrived because of Earth’s remarkable climate stability and rich biological diversity. In the last 50 years, human activity has severly undermined this resilience.
The Club of Rome and The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) launch the Planetary Emergency Action Plan, making the case for declaring a Planetary Emergency and providing a set of key policy levers addressing the cross-cutting challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss and human health and well-being.
The Club of Rome Annual Summit 2019 will take place in Stellenbosch, South Africa, on 6 November 2019.
This is an historic conference for the Club of Rome to reconnect to the Mother Continent and in the global South. The conference is an opportunity for us to harvest lessons from Africa that enabled the evolution of humanity as well as to engage with the continents great potential and to turn its vulnerabilities into opportunities through innovation and collaborative efforts leveraging our youthful population and vast spaces.
Detailed information on the conference, including program and speakers, is available here.
The European Commission’s new President has set forth an ambitious yet pragmatic goal for her Commission and Europe’s Member States. Together with health, prosperity is one of the most widely shared aspirations of humanity. Although for many today it is often confused with an insatiable longing for “always more”, in its true and deeper meaning prosperity is about recognizing that everyone around the world, regardless of geography, age, culture, religion or any other condition, aspires to live well.
Read the Club of Rome discussion paper prepared for the European Research & Innovation Days here.
Ernst von Weizsäcker, honorary president of the Club of Rome, participated at the #SmileForFuture Summit in Lausanne and discussed the FridaysForFuture movement and climate change with GretaThunberg and Nobel Prize winner Jacques Dubochet. The Press Conference is available online.
The new president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has indicated that she intends to confront the climate crisis head-on. In doing so, she must avoid the mistakes of her predecessor, who did not go far enough in expanding the scope for environmental policymaking within the European Union.
Read the full article by Sandrine Dixson-Declève (Club of Rome Co-President), Anders Wijkman (Club of Rome Honorary President) and Johan Rockström (Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research)
The first ever EIT Climate-KIC Community Summit took place in Hamburg, Germany on July 26th 2019. Club of Rome Co-President Sandrine Dixson-Declève gave a keynote speech on “Climate change: Treading on thin ice – playing with fire”.
The Club of Rome will take part in the inaugural London Climate Action Week, which runs from 1st – 8th July. Co-President, Sandrine Dixson-Declève, will speak at a GLOBE international event (1st July) at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, on the role of parliament in responding to the Climate Emergency. On Thursday 4th July, the Club of Rome will host a high-level Roundtable at Chatham House (“Emerging from Emergency“) on harnessing the momentum generated by the growing climate emergency narrative, to shift from mere declarations to action. The meeting will convene the various strands of the climate emergency and sustainability space – activists, problem-holders and solution providers – in order to co-design concrete solutions for genuine impact.
Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Co-President of the Club of Rome, will participate in the world premier of the Climate Action News on 25 June 15.00-16.00.
Climate Action News is an online, interactive broadcast for the climate, all about action and sustainable solutions. We invite our community, climate advocacy groups, leaders, and businesses to share their knowledge and insights in an interactive broadcast. This is a strictly no-fly, online event.
“The world’s youth have begun to persistently demonstrate for the protection of the climate and other foundations of human well-being. As scientists and scholars who have recently initiated similar letters of support in our countries, we call for our colleagues across all disciplines and from the entire world to support these young climate protesters. We declare: Their concerns are justified and supported by the best available science. The current measures for protecting the climate and biosphere are deeply inadequate.”
Without urgent action, the global consequences of climate change will be devastating. Yet despite the environmental impact of rapid economic growth, increasing GDP (Gross Domestic Product) continues to remain the priority for countries around the world. So what is the future of economic growth? Can we achieve green growth that marries rapid environmental transformation with ever-rising financial returns? Or is it time to create economies that enable us to thrive, rather than grow, in order to stand a real chance at tackling climate change?
The debate with Kate Raworth (Author, Doughnut Economics, Member of the Club of Rome) and Michael Liebreich (Chairman and CEO, Liebreich Associates) is now available online:
In a Statement in Support of Global Student Climate Protests the Club of Rome deems the students’ concerns to be utterly justified and calls on governments to listen to the call for urgent action from young people, scientists and experts across the globe and translate these calls into concrete Climate Emergency Plans.
Circular Economy is an enabler for climate policy. Over half of greenhouse gas emissions can be directly linked to our materials footprint. We have to link the agenda’s and break the silos. This is one of the main conclusions of World Resources Forum 2019, held in Antwerp, Belgium, from 25-27 February, organised by the Public Waste Agency of Flanders OVAM, and the Swiss-based WRF Secretariat.
The new report to the Club of Rome „Stewarding Sustainability Transformations“ calls for collective stewardship by actors across sectors and institutions in order to tackle global challenges for humanity and the planet. It serves as a guidebook for decision-makers, researchers and activists who need to navigate complex change towards sustainable development.
Governments and businesses habitually set out emergency response plans to protect their economies, jobs, cities and other crucial assets from potential disaster. Yet when it comes to climate change ― the biggest, most urgent threat the world faces ― there is no emergency plan.
“While we appreciate the recognition by the Economics Prize Committee of the Swedish Bank of the importance of integrating climate change into long-run economic macro-economic analysis, we seriously question the decision to give this year´s Economics Prize (the so called Nobel Prize) to William Nordhaus”, writes Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Co-President of the Club of Rome, Jørgen Randers, full member of the Club of Rome and Anders Wijkman, Honorary President of the Club of Rome.
The Co-President of the Club of Rome, Sandrine Dixson-Declève, takes part in various events at the COP 24 in Katowice.
On Sunday, 9th December, she will represent the Club of Rome at a high-level, private round table to discuss how countries can deliver on the Paris Agreement by reaching net-zero emissions in heavy industry sectors (cement, steel, plastics) and heavy-duty transport (aviation, shipping, trucking), which together account for 30% of global CO2 emissions today. On this occasion she will present and discuss The Club of Rome – Climate Emergency Plan, launched on December 4th at the European Parliament with Adair Turner (Energy Transitions Commission) and Nicholas Stern (London School of Economics).
Climate change is the most pressing global challenge, constituting an existential threat to humanity. TheClub of Rome – Climate Emergency Plan sets out 10 priority actions for all sectors and governments, and is an urgent wake up call. On December 4th 2018, Club of Rome Co-President Sandrine Dixson-Declève presented the Plan at the European Parliament to representatives from the EP, the European Commission, business and NGO leaders. The event was co-hosted by Heidi Hautala (MEP, VP European Parliament) and Jo Leinen (MEP).
The Club of Rome appointed two women for the first time in its history to co-lead the organization at its AGM, which took place alongside the Club’s 50th anniversary conference in Rome, Italy.
Mamphela Ramphele (South Africa) and Sandrine Dixson Declève (Belgium) were appointed Co-Presidents. The Club of Rome first gained international attention with its best selling report “The Limits to Growth” in 1972. It has continued to provide a platform for leading scientists, economists, policy and business leaders to collaborate and promote leading edge thinking.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Club of Rome, more than 400 international thought leaders and dignitaries from all over the world came together on 17-18 October in Rome to discuss the most pressing challenges and solutions facing humanity and the planet. The presentations of the conference are available on Youtube.
50th Anniversary Summit of the Club of Rome, October 2018
The dual adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) together with the Paris Climate Agreement, both in 2015, represents a global turning point. We have never before had such a universal development plan for people and planet. For the first time in human history the world has agreed on a democratically adopted roadmap for humanity’s future, which aims at attaining socially inclusive and highly aspirational socio-economic development goals, within globally defined environmental targets. Humanity’s grand ambition is surely to aim at an inclusive and prosperous world development within a stable and resilient Earth system. This human quest is to attain as many of the SDGs as possible by 2030, and then continue following a sustainable global trajectory well beyond the next 12 years. This report has identified one such possible, smarter pathway to success through five transformative and synergistic actions.
We were happy to welcome Victor Vovk, Associate Member and Vice President of the Ukrainian Association of the Club of Rome, as the sole Ukrainian representative at the Membership meeting and Annual Conference of the Club of Rome 16-18 October in Rome.
Anders Wijkman, Viktor Vovk, Sandrine, Sandrine Dixson Decleve, Ernst U. von Weizsäcker
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Club of Rome, more than 400 international thought leaders and dignitaries from all over the world will come together on 17-18 October in Rome to discuss the most pressing challenges and solutions facing humanity and the planet. The Summit will build on the Club of Rome’s pioneering work, its flagship Report The Limits to Growth and present its new agenda for the 21st century, with a view to collectively assess the state of the global commons and respond to today’s most pressing tipping points such as climate disruption, ecosystems decline, relentless pursuit of GDP growth and increasingly unequal wealth distribution.
The 50th Anniversary Summit of the Club of Rome will take place on 17-18 October 2018 in Rome. If you can’t join us live, you can join our livestream throughout the event. Further information will be available on October 16th on our website, Facebook and Twitter.
Anders Wijkman, Co-President of the Club of Rome, participated at the Swiss Energy and Climate Summit (SwissECS) 2018, Switzerland’s leading conference for energy and climate issues. His talk is now available online.
In June 2018 international researchers and practitioners discussed important mindshifts for the Anthropocene at the Symposium Transformative Designs for Sustainability in Hanover. The video summary is now available:
You will find more information about the event here and the long version of the video here.
A petition run by European Environmental Bureau and supported by a number of members of the Club of Rome calls on the European Union to overcome our current growth dependence and prioritise social and environmental indicators over GDP.
Humanity is in a race with catastrophe. Is the future one of global warming, 65 million migrants fleeing failed states, soaring inequality, and grid-locked politics? Or one of empowered entrepreneurs and innovators building a world that works for everyone? A Finer Future, the new report to the Club of Rome, demonstrates that humanity has a chance – just – to thread the needle of sustainability and build a regenerative economy through a powerful combination of enlightened entrepreneurialism, technology, and innovative policy.
Building on a break-through conference at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2013 and the Future Education Conference at the University of Roma TRE, in Rome, Italy, in November 2017, the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS) and the World University Consortium (WUC) are now joining hands with the Ministry of Education of Brazil, UNESCO and Fundação and Faculdade CESGRANRIO to conduct a “Third International Conference on Future Education –Latin American Perspectives” to identify practical measures to meet the needs and aspirations of major stakeholders – youth, students, teachers, employers, workers, research institutions, universities, governments and civil society, in this region of the world.
The 50th Anniversary Conference of the Club of Rome will be held on October 17-18, 2018 and will bring together an outstanding group of cutting-edge speakers, both from outside and from within the Club of Rome. For more information and registration click here.
The EU-Chapter of the Club of Rome is organizing a lunch debate with Kurt Vandenberghe, Director for Policy Development and Coordination at the European Commission’s DG Research and Innovation. The event takes place in Brussels on Wednesday 27 June at 12:30. You will find further information here.
The Honorary Member of the Club of Rome Mircea Maliţa passed away on Monday 21 May.
He was a devoted path opener for the young generations, a brilliant visionary and an accomplished diplomat.
For me, personally, he is immortal. He is my Master and, above all, a true friend of an impeccable morality.
Our current economic systems have become addicted to “growth at all costs”, as measured by Gross Domestic Product (GDP). They assume that GDP growth is synonymous with increasing wellbeing and prosperity. However this approach has led to growing inequality, an escalating climate crisis, and the depletion of natural and social capital. We are no longer generating genuine progress. Our approach to economics and development needs fundamental transformation.
A number of Club of Rome members participate in the new Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WE-All) to help facilitate that transformation.
Prof. Ugo Bardi will present the report to the Club of Rome “The Seneca Effect” on Monday, March 26th. The presentation is organized by the Urania society and it will be in English, with simultaneous translation in German.
Further information on the event can be foundhere(in German)
The year 2018 marks the 50 th Anniversary of the Club of Rome’s foundation on the 7 th April 1968. The Club’s million-fold bestselling first report “The Limits to Growth” has been followed by more than 40 subsequent reports, which have had deep impact on the emerging environmental movement and raised global awareness of the urgent need to rethink human activity on our planet in a more sustainable, climate neutral and eco-friendly way.
Herman Van Rompuy, Honorary President, and Mark Dubrulle, President & Executive Director of The Club of Rome EU-Chapter are pleased to invite you to a discussion hosted by the European Policy Centre on the occasion of the launch of the new report to the Club of Rome “Come On! Capitalism, Short-termism, Population and the Destruction of the Planet.” Authors Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker and Anders Wijkman, Co-presidents of the Club of Rome, will present and comment their report on Thursday 12 April 2018.
Das Jahr 2018 markiert für den Club of Rome das 50jährige Jubiläum seit seiner Gründung im April 1968. Anlässlich der 50-Jahres-Feier in unserer Heimatstadt Winterthur möchten wir Sie herzlich einladen am Mittwoch, den 28. März 2018 um 19:30 Uhr im Casinotheater gemeinsam mit uns zu feiern und einen Blick in die Zukunft zu werfen.
How to narrow the gap between finance and sustainability? Club of Rome General Secretary Graeme Maxton participated in a panel discussion with Joseph Stiglitz (Professor at Columbia University), Mafalda Duarte (Head of Climate Investment Funds), Christopher Steane (Global Head of Lending Services at ING), Urban Angehrn (Zurich Insurance Group) at the University of Zurich.
The Club of Rome is based in Winterthur, Switzerland since many years. Besides our global activities we recognize the importance of local commitment and regularly take part in events in our hometown.
Recent activities included a presentation from Fabian Scheidler on his new book Chaos: Das neue Zeitalter der Revolutionen, the climate protection projectKlimalandsgemeinde a public discussion with the General Secretary of the Club of Rome Graeme Maxton and a discussion with the dutch writer Alexander Nieuwenhuis.
Am 09. und 10. November lädt der Club of Rome zur internationalen Jahreskonferenz nach Wien. Im Vorfeld wird am Mittwoch, den 08.11.2017, der neue Bericht an den Club of Rome “Der Seneca-Effekt: Warum Systeme kollabieren und wie wir damit umgehen können” von Prof. Ugo Bardi offiziell vorgestellt.
CoR- Member Kate Raworth and CoR staff at the Festival for New Economic Thinking
The Festival for New Economic Thinking on 19-20 Oct 2017 in Edinburgh (Scotland) brought together organizations and individuals that seek to improve the way economics is taught, studied, and practiced.
The essence of this book can be found in a line written by the ancient Roman Stoic Philosopher Lucius Annaeus Seneca: “Fortune is of sluggish growth, but ruin is rapid”. This sentence summarizes the features of the phenomenon that we call “collapse,” which is typically sudden and often unexpected, like the proverbial “house of cards.” … Continue reading
Globale Krisen der vergangenen Jahrzehnte zeigen deutlich, dass auch scheinbar stabile Systeme ständig Gefahr laufen zusammenzubrechen: Die Finanzmärkte, Europa, die Demokratie, das Klima… Im 42. Bericht an den Club of Rome zeigt Ugo Bardi anhand zahlreicher Beispiele, wie etablierte Strukturen kollabieren und was Politik und Gesellschaft daraus für den Umgang mit komplexen Systemen lernen können. … Continue reading
From 7 to 13 September 2017 the First Club of Rome Summer Academy “Challenging an Unsustainable Economic System” took place in Florence (Italy) in cooperation with the University of Florence. About 120 participants from 25 different countries came together to discuss challenges and proposals for reforming our economic system. … Continue reading
The notion of ever-expanding economic growth has been promoted so relentlessly that “growth” is now entrenched as the natural objective of collective human effort. The public has been convinced that growth is the natural solution to virtually all social problems – poverty, debt, unemployment, and even the environmental degradation caused by the determined pursuit of growth.
Club of Rome Secretary Graeme Maxton and Club of Rome Member Jorgen Randers have published an article in the “Journal of Population and Sustainability”. Below you can find the abstract and the link to the article.
On March 22nd, World Water Day 2017, Pope Francis will inspire a global conversation. His address from the Vatican will help shift how the world values and understands its single most precious resource: water.
The Club of Rome has supporters in many countries. In some countries, these supporters have decided to create a National Association or Chapter to promote debates and activities related to the global agenda of the Club of Rome in local, regional or national contexts.
National Associations are separate legal entities. Consequently, they are independent bodies and as such not part of the international Club of Rome, which are neither managed nor supervised as subsidiaries of the Club of Rome. The Club however welcomes their activities and commitment to common goals.
Under the new Co-Presidency established at the 50th Anniversary of the Club, the relationship between the Club of Rome International and the National Associations is under revision to make them stronger as part of an overall strategy to expand the outreach of the Club and make it more effective as a network of networks promoting at global scale the shift towards a sustainable world.
Graeme Maxton is the Secretary General of the Club of Rome, a global network of renowned independent thinkers dedicated to addressing the challenges facing humanity. He also is the co-author of »Ein Prozent ist genug«, currently a no. 1 bestseller in Germany.