UWS-Oxfam Partnership - The Sustainability Challenge

25 November 2016 2:00 PM - 25 November 2016 3:45 PM

Brough Hall, University of the West of Scotland, Paisley Campus

The UWS-Oxfam partnership is delighted to invite you to this special policy forum event, ‘The Sustainability Challenge’. The event will see Graeme Maxton, Secretary General of the Club of Rome, an organisation which promotes understanding of, and responses to, the global challenges facing humanity, presenting the latest Report to the Club ‘Reinventing Prosperity: Managing economic growth to reduce unemployment, inequality and climate change’.

In 1972 the first Report to the Club of Rome, The Limits to Growth, was published. Since then it has sold more than 16 million copies and been translated into over 30 languages, making it the best-selling environmental book ever. And its message still holds today: The earth’s interlocking resources – the global system of nature in which we all live – cannot survive endless growth in the human ecological footprint, even with advanced technology. In fact, on current trends, a deep crisis is predicted within 20-30 years – and there are growing signs that it has already begun. 

This policy forum event aims to address what needs to be done and what can be done and will present both the diagnosis of problems and the policy prescriptions presented in the Club of Rome’s most recent report, which Graeme Maxton is a co-author. There will be responses to Graeme’s contribution from Katherine Trebeck of Oxfam GB, and Chik Collins, Professor of Applied Social Science at UWS.

UWS is particularly pleased to be hosting this event, having identified sustainability as one of its three key University-wide research and enterprise themes – together with the themes of society and health.

UWS and Oxfam will be delighted if you are able to join us for a rare opportunity to speak directly with the Club of Rome, and to participate in what we hope will be a continuing conversation and collaborative engagement around these vital issues.