For years now the Öko-Institut has been warning about the accelerating overexploitation of natural resources. At last this has become a hot issue in the media, politics and business, too. “Without a secure supply of raw materials, the wheels of German industry will grind to a halt”, proclaims the Federation of German Industries, for example, in a recent publication. Many stakeholders are turning their attention to the issue of scarce resources, not so much for environmental reasons than for economic ones. But in the “new resource debate” lies a great opportunity for the environment. The Öko-Institut has recognized this opportunity and stakes out its position in an article. Read in the “Big Ideas” section what we think needs to be done and why we in Europe still have some homework to do.
Whether resource debate, climate change or the organic farming boom: Scientific expertise on sustainability issues is in greater demand than ever before. The Öko-Institut looks back on 30 years of work towards the goal of an ecological renewal of society. In our anniversary year, our work is being honoured by an award within the Germany-wide “365 Landmarks in the Land of Ideas” award scheme.
To mark this award, the Öko-Institut will present a selection of its research work on Friday, 19 October 2007, to the public in the Freiburg Solar Ship, Merzhauser Strasse 173. The Institute will also use that day to receive the “2007 Landmark” award, a part of the “Germany – Land of Ideas” initiative. This is a scheme sponsored by the German government and German industry, with Deutsche Bank as project partner. A date to note in your diary! We will be announcing the day’s full programme of events soon.
A few months earlier, on Friday, 22 June 2007, the Öko-Institut will be holding its annual conference and ceremony to commemorate its 30-year anniversary. We will be welcoming high-level speakers and guests in the Historisches Kaufhaus in Freiburg. Further information and the full programme will soon be available at www.oeko.de.
We wish you a sunny spring and enjoyable Easter!
With warmest wishes
, head of Public Relations & Communication
phone +49-761-452 95-22
– March 2007
Christiane Rathmann (cr)
Katja Kukatz (kk)
Dr. Matthias Buchert (mb), Martin Cames (mc), Miriam Dross (md), Dr. Rainer Grießhammer, Andreas Hermann (ah), Christine Strauß (cs)
Markus Werz, Öko-Institut e.V.
Brita Berger, Wilhelm Innovative Medien
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