The editors of Factor X explore and analyze this trajectory, predicting scarcities of non-renewable materials such as metals, limited availability of ecological capacities and shortages arising from geographic concentrations of materials. They argue that what is needed is a radical change in the ways we use natureas resources to produce goods and services and generate well-being. The goal of saving our ecosystem demands a prompt and decisive reduction of man-induced material flows. Before 2050, they assert, we must achieve a significant decrease in consumption of resources, in the line with the idea of a factor 10 reduction target. EU-wide and country specific targets must be set, and enforced using strict, accurate measurement of consumption of materials. Their arguments are drawn from empirical evidence and observations, as well as theoretical considerations based on economic modeling and on natural science.35 ff. for more detail on this categorisation). These three sets of functions collectively both maintain the biosphere itself (the positive feedback on the left of the diagram), and contribute to the human economy, human health and human welfare.
|Author||:||Michael Angrick, Andreas Burger, Harry Lehmann|
|Publisher||:||Springer Science & Business Media - 2013-11-26|