After the flood, time to change people’s mind-set
B. Nicodemus, Jakarta
The impacts of economic development on the environment have been expounded for years. In 1972, the Club of Rome, a global think thank on international issues, published its famous report Limit to Growth, which predicted that economic growth could not continue indefinitely due to the limited availability of natural resources. Fifteen years later, the World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED), chaired by Gro Harlem Brundtland, published its report titled Our Common Future.
The report, also known as the Brundtland Report, introduced environmental concern to the development concept. Next, considering the detrimental effect of excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, the Kyoto Protocol was designed in 1997 to cut the emission of CO2 and other greenhouses gases as a response to climate change.