Among the biggest global challenges we are confronted with are access to fresh water, food, energy, and other essential resources necessary to maintain human life and the modern societies we know today, while remaining within the carrying capacity of the Earth. In this blog, I will discuss the merits of investing in Eco-Intelligent Circular Economy, which offers a rare opportunity for creative, tangible solutions to many of these challenges in a way that is accessible, effective and sustainable.
How we got here
Modern society has been made possible due to human creativity and the invention of technologies making it possible to transform relatively easily accessible and affordable natural resources into high-density energy sources (e.g. coal, petroleum, and gas). These lead to the Industrial Revolution, and grew into the ability to manipulate and use materials to manufacture products and infrastructure, up to complete mega-cities. This ability has brought significant progress and prosperity among many communities around the globe.
However, this industrialization of society has also created a greater inter-dependency and vulnerabilities to impacts of the economic system. The current system, based on a “take-make-waste” linear model relies on an ineffective use of available resources provided by nature, and leads to unintended consequences, such as... Read More