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Jakarta Post

Limits to growth: Sustainable development or resilience

  • Sylvia Yazid

Visselhövede, Germany   /   Fri, December 7 2012   /  10:04 am

In 1972, a team of scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Donella H. Meadows, Dennis L. Meadows, Jørgen Randers and William W. Behrens III, produced the World3 model to simulate the relations between world population, industrialization, pollution, food production and
resource depletion.

The small but powerful book, Limits to Growth, provided computer generated models of what might happen to the world, an overshoot and collapse or a rather stabilized world.

For the study’s 40th anniversary, Volkswagen Stiftung, which supported the project in the 1970s, held two events in Germany, a winter school gathering of 60 young researchers in Visselhövede to revisit the ideas proposed in 1972 and a symposium in Hannover to reflect on what has happened in 40 years and what needs to be done.

Many of the global issues discussed throughout the winter schoo...