Many countries aim for permanent economic growth. Growth is seen as the panacea to bring an end to poverty and realise welfare for all civilians of a country. In the seventies the Club of Rome already predicted that there are Limits to Growth. Resource scarcity and pollution of ground, water and air will begin to have serious consequences for industrial output, food production and life expectation, starting at the beginning of this century. According to recent recalculations we are still very much on track to meet these predictions.
To ensure a healthy future for all life on earth, we have to reset the way we treat the limited resources on earth – in the ground, on the ground, in the sea and in the air. The Resource Wende is a fact based programme that looks at resource scarcity on a systemic level and aims to incorporate the outcome of expert thinking in all sustainability transitions in the Netherlands and beyond.