Mother Pelican
A Journal of Solidarity and Sustainability

Vol. 15, No. 3, March 2019
Luis T. Gutiérrez, Editor
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Fostering an Integral Ecology

A mural in the 'Cobijo Urbano' of Loma Hermosa in Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Club of Rome Climate Emergency Plan, by Members of the Club of Rome

Reflections and Chronicles From the End of Time: Less is More, by Carlos Cuellar Brown

Narcissism, Dependence, and Culture Change, by Yana Ludwig

The Strategic Framing of Planetary Collapse, by Joe Brewer

A Country of Immigrants, by Herman Daly

A Population Perspective on the Steady State Economy, by Herman Daly

The Green New Deal: What's Really Green and What's Really New, by Brian Czech

On the Equivalence of Matter to Energy and to Spirit, by Carmine Gorga

On Strategies for Socioecological Transformation, by Panos Petridis

Degrowth and Transformation, by Christos Zografos

Offshore Finance ~ How Capital Rules the World, by Reijer Hendrikse and Rodrigo Fernandez

The Belt and Road Initiative: Chinese Agribusiness Going Global, by Members of GRAIN

Sooner or Later, We Have to Stop Economic Growth — and We'll Be Better for It, by Richard Heinberg

A World Political Party: The Time Has Come, by Heikki Patomäki

The Meaning of the Green New Deal, by Philippe Gauthier

Waste Colonialism, by George Monbiot

Net Energy Analysis of the "Peak Oil" Story, by Gail Tverberg

Cuba's Agrifood System in Transition, by Margarita Fernandez, Erin Nelson, Kim Locke, Galia Figueroa, and Fernando Funes-Aguilar

Venezuela's Collapse is a Window into How the Oil Age Will Unravel, by Nafeez Ahmed

Growing a Green New Deal: Agriculture's Role in Economic Justice and Ecological Sustainability, by Fred Iutzi and Robert Jensen

Reflections on Authoritarian Populism: Democracy, Technology, and Ecological Destruction, by Alexander Dunlap

Before It's Too Late ~ Mary Christina Wood On Avoiding Climate Disaster, by Mary DeMocker

What's Emperor Trump Doing? He is Busy at Splitting the Empire in Two, by Ugo Bardi

Fostering Gender Communion for an Integral Ecology, by Luis Gutiérrez

The Club of Rome Climate Emergency Plan

Members of the Club of Rome

Published by the Club or Rome, December 2018


The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on the impact of 1.5 °C and 2°C warming above pre-industrial levels sends a stark reminder to humanity about the existential threat posed by climate change. To avoid the worst of the predicted outcomes, global carbon emissions must be cut by half by 2030, to zero by 2050. This is an unprecedented task, requiring a reduction rate of at least 7% annually; no country has to date achieved more than 1.5%. The only possible response is emergency action that will transform human social, economic and financial systems.

To put the situation into historical perspective, the Club of Rome alerted the world to the environmental and demographic challenges ahead as long as fifty years ago. The central message of The Limits to Growth – A Report to the Club of Rome published in 1972, was that the quest for unlimited growth in population, material goods and resources, on a finite planet, would eventually result in the collapse of its economic and environmental systems. Unfortunately, it seems this prediction is beginning to materialize and will escalate, unless humanity radically changes course.

Together with the mass extinction of species and the rise of inequality within and between nations, climate change is human society’s most pressing global challenge. Until recently, it was seen as a future threat; but today, increasing climate chaos is a reality affecting the lives of millions. In the 21st Century, it will dictate the long-term prosperity and security of nations and of the entire planet, more than any other issue. With this emergency paper, the Club of Rome is attempting to respond to the direct calls for action from citizens around the world, and to formulate a plan that will meet suitably ambitious reduction targets and ensure climate stability.

Acceptance of this reality will create the basis for a societal renaissance of unprecedented proportions. This is the vision the Club of Rome and its partners offer - a positive future where global inequalities are dramatically reduced, well-being rather than growth is the economic norm, and harmony is reached between humans and nature. Our historical recognition of the existential nature of this threat, the need for an emergency response, and the opportunity such planning can present, is the unique contribution which the Club of Rome wishes to bring to this debate. We are calling on governments, business leaders, the science community, NGOs and citizens to rise to the challenge of climate action, so that our species can survive and create thriving civilizations in balance with planetary boundaries.




This plan was developed by Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Ian Dunlop, and Anders Wijkman with support from Martin Hedberg and Till Kellerhoff, all members of the Club of Rome.


"Well done is better than well said."

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)


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