Conclusion: The Challenges Ahead
The group of intellectuals who created the “Club of Rome” in 1968 had ambitious goals. They sponsored “The Limits to Growth” study with the idea that it would help them in understanding what they called the “world problematique” or “the predicament of mankind”; a set of crucial problems regarding the use and the distribution of the world’s resources. They probably believed that, on the basis of the results of the LTG study, it would have been possible to convince the public and the world’s leaders that it was necessary to gently steer the world’s economic system towards a sustainable, steady state level, providing a reasonable level of material prosperity for everyone. But this idea turned out to be extremely difficult to put into practice.
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