The opening meeting of the 2019 was dedicated to setting the frames to the coming three years by the new board and newly elected president of the EstCoR – Estonian Association for the Club of Rome, Dr. Arvi Hamburg. The main topic of the January meeting was the strategy Estonia 2035 that is prepared by the Government Office. EstCoR has kept eye on the development and tried to offer support in the process.
The other concern of the beginning of 2019 is upcoming UNEA-4, which this time is led by Estonia. The main Assembly is held in Nairobi in March, 2019. In connection with SDGs in Europe and outside, Estonian presidency has a special underlining.
February meeting in EstCoR is focused on nationwide R&D in the context of upcoming elections to the local and European Parliaments. Estonia’s R&D intensity indicator was 1.25 in 2016, placing Estonia 13th in the ranking of the European Union countries but it is not even a half of the target (3). As an example, in the US the indicator is close to 3, in Japan >3, in South Korea >4.
March will bring us back to the discussions about national strategies 2020 and 2035 in the current global and local situation,
In April we would like to see how the elections have evolved and what trends can we see in the results for a small soviet-transition nation state.
Seems that on 2019 we have to
answer the basics before moving on to actions:
What is SUSTAINABILITY?
What is the Club of Rome up to in 2019?
What is the priority to focus on?
We chose to answer through the thoughts of Graeme Maxton is a best-selling author, speaker and writer on the big challenges facing humanity – climate change, environmental degradation, inequality, unemployment and poverty. Graeme is a Full Member of the Club of Rome, was Secretary General from 2014 till 2018. Graeme claims that recycling is NOT the answer to global warming. Listen here.
How to fix the world in 120 pages
To grasp the scale of the task ahead is hard because it requires societies to question, and then discard, many of their most basic and cherished beliefs. It is not just climate change that has to be stopped, the oceans cleaned up, and species loss halted. It is the entire system of human development, so carefully crafted over so many hundreds of years, which needs to be completely overhauled. The economic system. Humanity’s purpose. What people consider as happiness, progress and freedom. It is these ideas that need to radically change. If humanity is to overcome its environmental problems and build a better world, it needs to question almost everything it considers normal. It is not the end-state that should concern societies most now, however. Before humanity can think about rebuilding the great edifice that is human civilization, it must first tear down great swathes of what has been constructed so far, and with grave urgency. Humanity will need to work hard before it can rebuild.
Change! Download CoR-suggested To do list 2019 from here.
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