As Leonardo da Vinci observed 500 years ago, “Nature never breaks her own laws.” Achieving sustainable development in the 21st century requires visionary leadership based on a profound understanding of this guiding principle. The Sustainable Development Academy offers inspirational learning and regional networking opportunities for leaders committed to inter-generational responsibility.
Marta Szigeti Bonifert, Executive Director, Regional Environmental Center
In today’s fast-moving, globalised world, the human population is rapidly increasing, consumption is rising, growing numbers of people are travelling further and more often, and metropolitan areas are mushrooming. All of this growth is taking its toll on the earth’s natural resources and climate.
In as early as 1972, The Limits to Growth, a report by the global think tank The Club of Rome, brought attention to the consequences of a growing human population and finite natural resources. The report argued that any attempt to reach a state of equilibrium must be based on a fundamental change in values and goals at individual, national and global level.
Minding the future
September 28, 2012
Tbilisi+35: 'The future we want'
September 10, 2012
The REC has received a generous pledge of financial support from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF) for an ambitious framework programme focusing on the Western Balkans. A primary long-term aim of the programme is to educate children on how to act in ways that create a better environment, both for themselves and for future generations. Another ...
Learning is the key
July 30, 2012
"Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen,
It's an honour for me on behalf of the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe to be in Tbilisi. Tbilisi77 became the landmark of all environmental educators: where to start the journey changing minds for changing the world towards 'the future we want'.
The Regional ...
The concept of sustainable development (SD) basically entails three main features: comprehensive, long-term approaches towards solving environmental problems; promoting social cohesion and economic well-being; and minimising global inequality. But what is really necessary to make this concept a reality is a long-term commitment to create high ...