This year marks 50 years since the publication of the report Limits to Growth. Published by the Club of Rome in 1972, the report is acknowledged as one of the key inspirations of the modern environmental movement. The report’s key message is that economic and population growth cannot continue at the same pace without serious environmental problems and societal collapses in this century. Despite the warnings, harmful developments to the environment and societies have continued globally.
To celebrate the reports’ 50th anniversary, the key author of the report, professor emeritus Jorgen Randers, arrived in Helsinki in September.
The main event of his visit was the Where are the limits? event in the center of Helsinki, Tiedekulma, Thu 22 September 2022, from 13:00 to 15:00 (event details below). Randers discussed where the original report, which time horizon extended to 2022, got it right and which of the predictions have not come true as the authors expected.
The event was open for all, held in English and organized by HELSUS, Sitra, Kela, and Club of Rome Finland.
Find the facebook event here: https://fb.me/e/1NK0op7o1
WHAT: WHERE ARE THE LIMITS?
WHEN: THU 22.9.2022, 13:00–15:00
WHERE: TIEDEKULMA, HELSINKI
AFTER 50 YEARS OF REPORTING ON THE ECOLOGICAL OVERSHOOT, ARE WE FINALLY READY FOR CHANGE?
KEYNOTE BY JORGEN RANDERS, PROF. EMERITUS – LIMITS TO GROWTH +50 YEARS
13:00 – 13:10 Opening of the event: Sustainable and just transitions - key roles and actions to be taken by universities and governance – Minister of environment Maria Ohisalo and Rector Sari Lindblom.
13:10 – 13:50 Limits to Growth +50 years – Jørgen Randers
13:50 Commentary, 5-10 min, & 5-10 min questions from the online/on-site audience
14:00 – 14:55 Sustainable Change -panel: Prof. Jørgen Randers, Prof. Pirjo Kristiina Virtanen, Deputy Mayor Anni Sinnemäki, activist-author Teemu Vaarakallio (+ questions from the audience)
14:55 Closing remarks