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Published on December 19th, 2013 | by Simi

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Limits to Growth: Beyond the Point of Inflexion.

What a closing event for MPE Australia!

A little over forty years ago an international team led by Donella Meadows, Dennis Meadows, Jorgen Randers, and William Behrens III carried out a major study of growth in five key areas; population, agricultural production, natural resources, industrial production and pollution. The team concluded that, if current trends continued, limits to growth would be realised within one hundred years with a sudden and uncontrollable decline in population and industrial capacity. Many of the projections on resources and pollution proved to be incorrect, with technological advances reversing trends. However the central (mathematical) result, that continued exponential growth is not sustainable indefinitely, is indisputable, and we have now entered an era, beyond the point of inflexion, where the rate of population growth is slowing.

Is economic growth forever sustainable? What impact would a stagnant or declining population have on GDP? Can mathematical models guide policy makers in answering these questions? What is the strategic plan for planet Earth?

Some of the world’s leading thinkers converged at UNSW Australia in December 2013 to address these questions.

The Symposium culminated in a Q&A Panel Discussion hosted by ABC’s Ticky Fullerton. Watch the Q&A here – fast forward to 6:30 for the start of the video!

See what else we did throughout the year here

 

Event photos can be seen here

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