Dr Reiner Klingholz, Director of the Berlin Institute for Population and Development and STIAS fellow will present a talk with the title:
Humanity after Growth
For the moment growth seems to be omnipresent: world population as well as global GDP is growing. Production of goods grows as well as emissions of all kind. Although we all know that this is not sustainable, there is no political concept to tame that development. Nevertheless, post growth has long been lurking around the corner: half of mankind already lives in countries with a fertility rate below replacement level, and in many of these countries economic growth rates are declining step by step. The big question for the 21st century is: Can we find societal models for a well-being in the rich countries in the absence of growth and at the same time guarantee growth for the poor countries without harming the global environment too much?
Dr Reiner Klingholz is Director of the Berlin Institute for Population and Development, a German think tank that concentrates on global demographic developments and their impact on societies.
The lecture is based on the book Sklaven des Wachstums – die Geschichte einer Befreiung Campus Verlag (Frankfurt am Main) 2014, written by Dr Klingholz during a fellowship at STIAS in 2013 — see Sklaven des Wachstums.
Reiner Klingholz (Berlin-Institut für Bevölkerung und Entwicklung) and Wolfgang Lutz (Wittgenstein Centre, Vienna Institute of Demography) are currently collaborating on the book project It’s the education stupid! Martin Luther’s unfinished business at STIAS.