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Carrying capacity of the planet


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Carrying capacity of the planet. Annukka Berg. Design for Sustainability Summit, University of Helsinki, 12.9.2019

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Carrying capacity of the planet

  1. 1. Annukka Berg, D.Soc.Sc. Finnish Environment Institute Design for Sustainability Summit 12.9.2019 Carrying capacity of the planet
  2. 2. 2 Planetary Boundaries – A safe operating space for humanity (J. Lokrantz/Azote based on Steffen et al. 2015.)
  3. 3. 3 IPCC 2018: Limiting global warming to 1.5°C The effects of climate change roughly double if the warming exceeds 2°C. The current commitments by the governments are insufficient and will lead to global warming of > 3°C
  4. 4. 4 IPBES 2019: 1 million species threatened by extinction Global rate of species extinction tens to hundreds of times higher than normal Around 25 % of species in assessed animal and plant groups are threatened by extinction unless action is taken
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  7. 7. 7 Combatting climate change is not enough. We need to cut natural resource consumption and to cope with a myriad of social and ecological challenges simultaneously.
  8. 8. 8 Good news first. In countries such as Finland, political climate is favourable. There are plenty of solutions available. In many cases, ecological options are also socially and economically favorable in the long run.
  9. 9. 9 There are great opportunities for promoting circular economy since “the world is only 9% circular and the trend is negative” The Circularity Gap Report (de Wit et al. 2018)
  10. 10. ● Circular economy, enabled by the technology revolution, allows Europe to grow resource productivity by up to 3 % annually ● GDP increase of as much as 7 percentage points relative to the current development scenario • Primary resource benefit of as much as €0.6 trillion per year by 2030 • €1.2 trillion in non-resource and externality benefits • additional positive impacts on employment. 10 Circular economy as an opportunity Ellen MacArthur Foundation et al. 2015
  11. 11. 11 Then bad news. We should change immense systems. To some, change means losses. Challenges intertwine. We are running out of time.
  12. 12. 12 Being overly optimistic might not be intellectually honest.
  13. 13. 13 Some important questions that design could answer
  14. 14. ●Picture the needed change understandably ●Design new solutions intuitive, appealing and easy to use ●Ensure the process is inclusive for also the marginalized groups 14 How to …?
  15. 15. 15 What is fundamental for us as human beings?
  16. 16. 16 How to proceed by experimenting with the possible results?
  17. 17. 17 How to bring beauty and clarity in difficulty and mess?
  18. 18. 18 Thank you.