Symposium "Already Beyond? – 40 years 'Limits to Growth'", Hanover, Germany, November 28 - 29, 2012
To mark the 40th anniversary of the “Limits to Growth” study by Dennis Meadows and others, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation, as well as to underline its relevance for the years to come and the future of humankind, a two-day symposium "Already Beyond? – 40 years 'Limits to Growth'" was held on 28th and 29th November 2012 in Hanover, Germany.
Wednesday, November 28
- Feeling a bit uneasy? – Limits to Growth and 21st Century Policies, Attitudes, and Lifestyle.
- Where shall they all go? – Demographic Challenges and Limited Space.
- Growth with less? – The Limits of Economic Growth.
- Can we remain ignorant? – Climate Change and its Impact on Global Governance.
Thursday, November 29
- What shall we eat, what shall we drink? – Global Water and Food Management.
- What happens if Fossile Energies are depleted? – Finite Resources and Renewable Energies.
- Saved by Society? – Life in the Anthropocene.
Background of "Limits to Growth"
A bit more then 40 years ago, a small group of researches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston dared to look into the future. They summarized their results in a book that would become one of the most influential texts of the 20th century: "The Limits to Growth". One of its leading authors was the economist Dennis L. Meadows. 40 years later, the Volkswagen Foundation organized a conference with the title: "Already Beyond? 40 Years Limits to Growth". During the conference experts looked at the effects of the study and what it means for us today. Dennis L. Meadows gave the opening address.