It took hundreds of thousands of years for the world population to grow to 1 billion. In 2011, the global population reached the 7 billion mark, and today, it stands at about billion (UNPF, 2017). These trends will have far-reaching implications for generations to ;With demand for resources increasing exponentially, experts sound warnings about looming shortages. Not only reserves of key elements -such as gold or silver- could be depleted within 50 years, but also arable surfaced would continue to disappear. Therefore, rethinking how our model functions is of high-priority.
Circular economy is a generic term for a restorative industrial economic ;It stands from the basis that our systems should work like organisms, processing nutrients that can be fed back into the cycle, hence the “restorative” term used. This framework takes insight from living systems and draws from a number of more specific approaches including biomimicry (mimicking nature), industrial ecology and cradle to cradle.
At the CEC network and event platform, we trust there is a solution to have economic growth while healing our planet, and this is to move from living in a linear model -based on the obtention of resources, production and waste- to a circular one.