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“Beyond Limits To Growth”. A presentation and discussion evening

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Unitarian Chapel Kendal

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Braithwaite Brow

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Forty-five years ago the Club of Rome published their report titled ‘The limits to Growth’ with the objectives of:

a) Identifying the limits of the world system and the constraints the limits put on human numbers and activity.

b) Identifying the dominant elements, and their interactions that influence the long term behavior of world systems.

The responses to the report ranged all the way from doom and despondency to ridicule and claims of scaremongering.

Over the last 45 years the conclusions of the report have been revisited and current opinion is acknowledging that the conclusions were broadly right and that the predictions have been borne out in reality.

In 2015 the Planetary Boundaries Initiative, lead by The Stockholm Resilience Centre, identified nine human related threats to the sustainability of the planet. The threats include some of the scenarios examined in Limits to Growth.

These threats form the framework for this presentation, developed from the exhibition ‘Sharing the Planet’ at the High Wycombe Environmental Centre for which Derek was the project manager in the summer of 2015.

The presentation will cover such issues as:

· Climate Change

· Loss of biodiversity as species become extinct

· Deforestation and other land use changes

· Freshwater use

Derek is an environmental scientist having a degree in Ecology and Oceanography who has worked as a research scientist and a consultant evaluating and mitigating environmental impacts of infrastructure projects, mostly in developing countries. In many cases this has involved balancing the benefits of real improvement in the quality of people’s lives and any negative impacts on the natural and social environments.

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