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Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance

50th Anniversary of ‘The Limits to Growth’ Seminar Series

Free hybrid (in-person + online) event | Zoom link to be provided after registration

When: every Monday from 31st October to 12th December 2022

Where: David Attenborough Building, Pembroke St, Cambridge CB2 3QZ

Please click here for the registration form (needed both for in-person and online participation)

The year 2022 marked the 50th anniversary of the Club of Rome’s landmark report, ‘The Limits to Growth’. This report—first published on 2 March 1972—was the first to model our planet’s interconnected systems and make clear that if growth trends in population, industrialization, resource use and pollution continued unchanged, we will reach and then overshoot the carrying capacity of the Earth at some point in first half of the 21st century. Some fifty years on, the call for a change in direction is more urgent than ever. The report’s modelling was remarkably accurate and prescient as the world declares the climate emergency to be real and global ecosystems to be at breaking point. Fifty years offers an excellent opportunity to look back, and forward, at the trends it examined and listen to leading international thought leaders, scientists, and politicians on how we create a new critical framework for living and thriving within the limits on Planet Earth.

The 50th Anniversary of ‘The Limits to Growth’ Seminar Series, hosted by the Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (CEENRG) and the Conservation Research Institute at the University of Cambridge in collaboration with The Club of Rome, Bennett Institute for Public Policy, and the Global Sustainability Institute at Anglia Ruskin University, brings together six Club of Rome leaders and co-authors of the two latest books on this topic, ‘Limits and Beyond: 50 years on from The Limits to Growth, what did we learn and what’s next?’ (May 2022) and ‘Earth for All: A Survival Guide for Humanity’ (November 2022), and one subject expert and a co-author of the book ‘Resources, Financial Risks and the Dynamics of Growth: Systems and Global Society’ (2020). For six out of seven seminars, main speakers will present remotely, preceded by an in-person introduction from the series’ convenor, C-EENRG Fellow Dr Roberto Pasqualino.


  • 31st October (16:30 to 18:00 UK time): Jørgen Randers – Professor in Climate Strategy at BI Norwegian Business School & Co-Author of ‘The Limits to Growth’, ‘Earth for All’, ‘Limits and Beyond
  • 7th November (16:30 to 18:00 UK time): Gaya Herrington – Vice-President of ESG Research at Schneider Electric & Co-Author of ‘Earth for All
  • 14th November (16:30 to 18:00 UK time): Julia Kim – Program Director for the Gross National Happiness (GNH) Centre Bhutan & Co-Author of ‘Limits and Beyond
  • 21st November (16:30 to 18:00 UK time): Ugo Bardi – Professor at the University of Florence & Co-Author of ‘Limits and Beyond
  • 28th November (11:30 to 13:00 UK time): Mamphela Ramphele – Co-President of the Club of Rome & Co-Author of ‘Limits and Beyond
  • 5th December (16:30 to 18:00 UK time): Roberto Pasqualino – C-EENRG Fellow, Uni. of Cambridge & Co-Author of ‘Resources, Financial Risk and the Dynamics of Growth: Systems and Global Society
  • 12th December (16:30 to 18:00 London time): Jayati Ghosh – Professor at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi & Co-Author of ‘Earth for All

Further detailed information about the series, including speaker biographies and abstracts of their presentations, is available in the PDF booklet: 50th Anniversary of ‘The Limits to Growth’ Seminar Series

For any inquiries, please contact Dr Roberto Pasqualino at