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! FÄLLT AUS! Prof. em. Dr. Ernst-Ulrich von Weizsäcker - Sustainable development requires a new mind-set

In Zusammenarbeit mit dem University College Freiburg (UCF)


Freitag / 02.12.16 /


Prof. em. Dr. Ernst-Ulrich von Weizsäcker
(former President of the Institute for Climate, Envi-ronment and Energy, Wuppertal; Co-President Club of Rome) 
Sustainable development requires a new mind-set


WeizsäckerUnanimously, the UN adopted the 2030 Agenda with 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). Von Weizsäcker argues:
‘The trouble is its conventional thinking: more growth, more food, more jobs, more of everything. Except the environment, which will be deadly damaged if the 11 socioeconomic SDG’s are successfully implemented. We need new measures of success. We need a truly new mind-set. Reward premiums for lean production and consumption, for small family sizes, for sharing instead of grabbing. Destructive operations have to be forbidden or penalized. Taxes should be raised on energy and resources and lowered on human labour and added value. Taken together we should be aiming at a new Enlightenment, amending the old Enlightenment, which has been reduced to a justification of selfishness, limitless growth, and endless competition.’
Quelle: E. U. von Weizsäcker 
Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker was Professor of Biology, University of Essen; President of the University of Kassel; Director at the UN Centre for Science and Technology for Development in New York; Director of the Institute for European Environmental Politics, Bonn; and President of the Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, Wuppertal. Von Weizsäcker was also a member of the German Bundestag from 1998 until 2005 and taught at the University of California between 2006 and 2008. In 2008, he was awarded the German Environmental Award. Since 2012 von Weizsäcker has been the Co-President of the Club of Rome. He is the author of several books, for example “Faktor Fünf: Die Formel für nachhaltiges Wachstum”.