Ecologica 2018

Ecologica 2018

On 2nd October 2018, the 10-year jubilee of the Dutch Footprint Working Group, One Planet hosted a symposium of 75 leading experts, authors and participants in the fields of climate, ecology, biology, demography and energy. They summarised the state of the Dutch nation on climate change and the health of our soil and ecology. Insect populations have been reduced by 70-90% in the last 30 years. We have to adopt a diet based on plants, and move away from a diet high on animal proteins. We need new agricultural and economic practices. In line with global trends, we must urgently change how we all live and work in this country. But how can we wake people up and convince them to adopt new habits? Our biological instinct to maximise individual ego and power stands in the way of acting with collective responsibility. How can we link urgent global problems to personal behavior in a way that changes our habits?

Participating in the speeches and discussions were:

  • Rachel Heijne, moderator, director VVM network of environmental experts
  • Juffermans, author of the Global Footprint and chairman of the Footprint Workgroup
  • Hans Meek, biologist and author Ecologica
  • Professor Pier Vellinga, climate scientist at WUR
  • Ron Wit, Director of Energy Transition and Public Affairs at Eneco
  • Professor Leo van Wissen, demographer at NIDI
  • Natascha Kooiman, columnist on food chains and diet.

In addition to this symposium, the Dutch Footprint Working Group continue to meet at One Planet for their regular working groups.