The Club of Rome to William Nordhaus and the Nobel Committee: “Pursue profitability — even at the cost of the planet?!”
“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.
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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. The Club 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 Chinese edition of Come On! Capitalism, Short-termism, Population and the Destruction of the Planet was launched on October 25th 2018 at Peking University. More information is available here.
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.
Four decades ago, the Club of Rome predicted looming economic collapse in its iconic ‘Limits to Growth’ report. An update of the analysis sees much the same picture.
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.
The report can be downloaded here.
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.
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.
You can download the press release here.