|Author (Person)||Leinen, Jo|
|Publisher||European Policy Centre|
|Series Title||Challenge Europe|
|Series Details||No.22, September 2014|
|Publication Date||September 2014|
|Content Type||Journal | Series | Blog|
The 20th Century was characterised by growth: the world population grew by four times and its economic output grew by 40 times. At the same time, the resource use and greenhouse gas emissions increased drastically. Only within the last two decades, the worldwide extraction of resources increased by over 50%. With the expectation that the demand of resources will triple by 2050 and the demand for food, feed and fibre is projected to increase by 70%, there is no doubt that we will exceed our planet's boundaries, the safe thresholds within which humanity can continue to develop and thrive for generations to come. Crossing these boundaries could generate abrupt or irreversible environmental changes. Respecting them reduces the risk that human society and ecosystems will face irreversible damages.
This article forms part of an issue of Challenge Europe called 'Challenges and new beginnings: Priorities for the EU’s new leadership' as the launch of a new EU institutional cycle 2014-2019 began.
|Subject Categories||Environment, Politics and International Relations|
|Countries / Regions||Europe|