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Ecology – Agriculture and Forestry

Most commonly, a transition towards more sustainable patterns of production and consumption, that is a more sustainable social metabolism, is equated with the problem of abolishing a highly wasteful industrial lifestyle.”
In 2009 a group of scientists, led by the Stockholm Resilience Centre, took a shot at defining these boundaries. They established hard targets for three of the planetary systems: Stabilize the concentration of atmospheric CO2 at 350 ppm, decrease ozone levels by 5% and stop the acidification of our oceans. Redesigning systems to create carbon-neutral, zero-waste and liveable communities will not even slash the ecological impacts of growth in those cities, but will also help build models for development that are cheaper and more replicable in other cities across the planet. In the city of the future, it will be a matter first and foremost, of satisfying the needs of people for a high quality of life with concurrent sustainable development.
We want to explain for the city of Neusiedl am See the kind of living, which means 2t–3t CO2/per person/a by 2040 instead of 7-11 CO2 t/per person/a, at the moment within industrial countries. We have to achieve these standards within the next 20 years (max. time perspective) without loosing a reduction of an appropriate life style. We want to show for Neusiedl am See, how the inhabitants can reach this limits with a sustainable life style and want also discuss these criteria with local stakeholders and politicians.

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