Risk Management/Global Challenges

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Global Challenges of Risk Management[edit | edit source]

The planet Earth is a finite system, which means it has limits expressed in planetary boundaries

The human population has limited resources on earth. If humanity uses more resources than the earth is able to renew, than an growing population must cope with less resources. This will increase the probability of political and social conflicts including the socio-economic impact in the affected regions. Even basic qualitative assessment of exceeding consumption of planetary resources such as water, soil, and clean air will lead to conclusion, that human population will reduce the performance of the required supply chain steadily. To learn about this concept, tne scientific findings had to be transformed into more comprehensinve [[w:Metaphor|metaphors] (like "the frigde of humanity is getting empty") or more comprehensive events (like the Earth Overshoot Day 2017, that aims to improve risk literacy of the human population.

"By August 2, 2017, we will have used more from Nature than our planet can renew in the whole year," the groups said in a statement.
"This means that in seven months, we emitted more carbon than the oceans and forests can absorb in a year, we caught more fish, felled more trees, harvested more, and consumed more water than the Earth was able to produce in the same period."[1][2]

The Earth Overshoot Day 2017, that will arrived on August 2nd, 2017, is a global public awarness programme to increase Risk Literacy in the global population and trigger individual small activities of response to risk.

The awareness about this global challenge and the planetary boundaries is the first step of risk management. The success of response in the worlds population aims to reduce the time span per year in which humanity lives on "credit" for the rest of the year. Quantification of risk lead to an equivalent of 1.7 planets, that worlds population would be need to current consumption of resources per year.

Learning Tasks[edit | edit source]

The Sustainable Development Goals are a UN Initiative.

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Simulation Software[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. World Widelife Fund (2017) - World Overshot Day - https://www.worldwildlife.org/blogs/on-balance/posts/earth-overshoot-day-2017
  2. Global Foodprint Network (2017) - Earth Overshot Day - http://www.footprintnetwork.org/2017/08/01/earth-overshoot-day-2017-new-calculator/