Friday, October 28, 2011

TEDxUVM - Robert Costanza -

We need a positive VISION of the FUTURE!

Robert Costanza is Professor and Director of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics. Dr. Costanza's research has focused on the interface between ecological and economic systems, particularly at larger temporal and spatial scales. Starting in the fall, he will begin in his new position at Portland State University as Professor and Director at the Center for Sustainable Processes and Practices. He will leave his legacy at UVM, and today will present on ways to create a sustainable and desirable future.

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  1. In 2011, our fundamental problems include the vast gap in incomes within and between nations, the ecological limits we are exceeding or approaching (climate change, biodiversity loss, etc.), the peaking of global oil production, the deterioration of natural and social capital, and the consequent threats to human well-being and sustainability that all of these imply. What we need now is a new vision and a generational commitment to finding real solutions. The “Solutions Generation” needs to think outside the box to create a vision of a better, more sustainable world for themselves and their children. They will have to design new technologies, new institutions, and new societal norms in order to get there,2 including new political and economic systems that can create shared prosperity without increasing demands on a finite environment. Robert Costanza