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Discussions 

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A series of lectures by prominent names in the fields of science, politics and economy provoked controversial discussions amongst the young participants. 

 

For more information on these people’s contribution, please click on their picture.

Hans-Olaf Henkel
Prof. Dr. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker
Hans-Olaf Henkel,
Chairman, Federation
of German Industry

Prof. Dr. Ernst Ulrich
von Weizsäcker, SPD
Member of Parliament

Panel discussion: “Realising sustainability – What can the individual do?” 

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Bill Wetzel (Power of Youth) referred to deficits in the American educational system. He demanded a higher engagement of young people for the formation of round table discussions. He opined that the educational system must form the basis for developing an awareness of sustainability.

Uwe Möller of the Club of Rome referred to the individual’s duties in the realisation of sustainable goals. He emphasised personal responsibility on a local level and pleaded for higher participation amongst the citizens: In his opinion, individual participation is the condition for the building of institutions and structures that will concern themselves with  intergenerational justice. 

Andrezej Wielowieyski focused on aspects of education and learning. Wielowieyski, a member of the Polish Parliament, made the case for developing flexible concepts to use information more effectively. As sources of information increase, the process of accessing this information becomes more important. Concrete criteria should be developed in socially relevant fields like homes, schools and universities, in order to improve the sustainable development. 

Susan Korte (World Population Growth) from Kenya introduced concrete development projects, for example in the field of water supply. She also referred to the necessity of educational programmes incorporating sex education, in order to combat the AIDS problem in Africa. 

Amory B. Lovins from the Rocky Mountains Institute joined the discussions by video-link. He introduced a series of positive examples of ecological business projects which strive for prosperity in harmony with nature. He outlined concrete projects for saving energy, including recycling products, car-sharing and energy-saving production processes.