On October 17th-18th, Dr. Mariana Bozesan, Club of Rome member, attended at the Vatican the 2-day conference celebrating its 50th anniversary. She came back with some exciting insights that we would like to share with you.

Two Female Co-Presidents Lead the Club of Rome
For the first time in its history, the Club of Rome elected two women to co-lead the organization. The renown South African medical Dr. Mamphela Ramphele will co-lead with Sandrine Dixson-Declève, a Belgian climate leader who grew up in California. (You can listen to our podcast interview with her here). The election of these two outstanding women was “a wonderful reaction of the democratic system at work within the club” said Mariana. It represents a radical change. Through this year’s elections, the Club of Rome has moved from being a European-mainly-driven organization to a more global organization. It became more international, diverse, inclusive, and younger. We can be excited about the new direction, strategy, and initiatives the Club of Rome is developing, and look at the future with confidence.

 

Our Highlights
Here are a few initiatives that were presented:

  1. Prof. Dr. Randers, co-author of Limits to Growth, launched the new Club of Rome report entitled “Transformation is feasible” – you can listen to the podcast with Jorgen here
  2. Co-author of Laudato-Si Hans Joachim Schellnhuber held an inspiring speech and shocked the audience with the fact that we will never have another ice age again.
  3. Former co-president Anders Wijkman together with Ian Dunlop and the newly elected co-president, Sandrine Dixson-Declève, launched the “Climate Emergency Initiative”
  4. The “New Civilization Moonshot” Initiative is also in the making by Club of Rome members
  5. Furthermore, watch for more future news on the “Mindshift Initiative” launched by Club of Rome member Thomas Björkman who is focusing on culture change as an essential pillar to global change

 

The Club of Rome will not continue to sit on the sidelines and point to other people to bring about the needed change. Especially under the newly elected women co-presidents, the Club of Rome is prone to get off the fence, get actively involved, and will continue to lead toward an integrally sustainable future for all. We only need 2% of the Global GDP to finance the world´s climate problems. Let’s co-operate, co-create and come up with solutions together. 

Dr. Mariana Bozesan