5 Jul 2019
Is Sustainable Consumption a Necessity or a Mirage?
Resource depletion seems to be confronting us today with an existential choice, both economic and societal: should we aim for greener growth with constant consumption or should we completely rethink our consumption model? On the one hand, the circular economy offers the promise of preserved level of consumption and way of life. But can it sustain our current level of consumption on its own? On the other hand, a change in our consumption patterns would require a real awareness, but will we be able to regulate ourselves before being forced to do so by a lack of resources?
These major challenges are increased by demographic pressure and the development of an increasingly large middle class in some developing countries. In fact, our energy needs are growing as our resources become scarcer. What will our energy, food and service needs be tomorrow? Will we be able to meet them without sacrificing quality to quantity?
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Session 9 : IS SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION A NECESSITY OR A MIRAGE?
Of the many global challenges we face today, the most significant and immediate is food security, as also recognised in the SDGs. I will therefore focus on food, and in particular food distribution and production. Both are key elements of sustainable consumption.Download