Economia Circular é um outro jeito de enxergar o sistema.
Qual sistema? O sistema. A lógica de produção e consumo de bens e serviços que rege a economia.
Note, leitor, que me referi ao tema como um “outro jeito”, não um “novo jeito”, uma vez que a Economia Circular não é algo revolucionário desenvolvido por uma única mente brilhante há poucos anos.
É sim algo revolucionário, e realmente foi desenvolvido por mentes brilhantes, mas o tema tem seu real início muito antes de sua expansão nos últimos anos. Os primeiros registros vêm dos anos 60 e 70, com as primeiras…
“The time is past when humankind thought it could selfshly draw on exhaustible resources. We know now the world is not a commodity.” — François Hollande, former president of France.
We live in a mainly linear economy, an economic model based on ‘take, make, dispose’, in which resources are extracted, products made and, in general, disposed shortly after. The opposite of a linear economy is a circular economy.
In a pure circular economy there is no such thing as waste, only renewable energy is used and resource use is optimized. …
“The potential of a circular economy is enormous, and that is why we focused on research and are willing to support anyone who strives to make the circular economy a reality in our city. Globally, we are the leader in this field.”
– Alderman Abdeluheb Choho of Amsterdam
Circular Economy is a topic that has gained attention worldwide in the last decade. Some see it as a new face for “sustainable development”, others see it as the panacea for the frantic consumption-driven society that we have.
“The linear “take-make-dispose” system, which depletes natural resources and generates waste, is deeply flawed and can be productively replaced by a restorative model.” — Dame Ellen MacArthur
Circular Economy is a topic that has gained interest worldwide due to the recognition that security of supply of resources and resource efficiency is crucial for the prosperity of economies, businesses, and maintenance of natural capital.
Governments have started adopting targets based on building a more circular governance, companies are coming up with innovative business models based on practices like upscaling processes and sharing assets, and product design is slowly shifting towards a…
The conservation of natural resources is the fundamental problem. Unless we solve that problem it will avail us little to solve all others. — Theodore Roosevelt
The link between climate change and biodiversity has long been established. Although throughout Earth’s history the climate has always changed with ecosystems and species coming and going, rapid climate change affects ecosystems and species ability to adapt and, contributing to biodiversity loss.
As shown by J.M. Scott (2008), shortly after World War II, humankind entered in a phase of almost exponential population growth, going from around 3 billion people to 7.2 billion people nowadays…
“Sea level rise is like an invisible tsunami, building force while we do almost nothing.” — Benjamin H. Strauss, Ph.D., CEO Climate Central
Coastlines face a number of environmental problems, most of it due to the fact that 40% of the world’s population lives within 100km of the coast. The extraction of oil on off-shore stations, the erosion of environmentally sensitive areas, loss of dune sand, overfishing, and many other environmental issues can be listed, but one that deserves special attention is Sea-level Rise.
According to IPCC’s Assessment Report 5 (AR5), it is virtually certain that Global Mean Sea Level…
“As an island State, we are at greater ecological and economical risks associated with adverse effects of climate change.” — R. A. Bhagwan at COP 6
Climate change is the single problems common to all nations, regardless of location or size of economy. Yet, no other group of nations is more vulnerable to its devastating effects than the Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
“Limiting warming to 1.5ºC is possible within the laws of chemistry and physics but doing so would require unprecedented changes,” — Jim Skea, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group III.
On October 8th 2018 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the leading international body for the assessment of climate change (for more info on the IPCC, view the last post about climate change related organizations), released a new its newest report — “Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C”. The study evaluates the impacts of global warming of 1.5 …
“Climate Change is no longer some far-off problem; it is happening here, it is happening now.” — Barack Obama
It took longer than expected, and arguably longer than what we wished for, but climate change is a growing concern that has been spreading to different sectors of society. The topic is reaching more people every day (let us not discuss at what speed rate), shining light on the growing risks of climate change. With information comes knowledge, which brings awareness and catalyzes action. …
“If we let them, young people will be the world’s most powerful solution.” — Denise Dunning
According to UN reports, there are 3.5 billion people under 30 living on the planet, that makes half of the population. 1.8 billion people are adolescents or early adults, ranging from the age of 15 to 24. Half of all youth reside in the developing countries. Our world has never seen so many young people. Following the international saying, “children are the future”, then, youth is the present. Apart from being the most well-educated generation in all history, with the highest numbers when it…
Ph.D. candidate in environmental engineering (UFSC). Member of the WEF Global Shapers Community Sustainaiblity and Circular Economy specialist.