Springtij 2013 took place from Thursday 26 to Saturday 28 September. Sunday 29 was an informal extra day with, e.g., a live radio broadcast. Just like last year, there were some 350 participants, among which 60 speakers from the top of both the Dutch and the international sustainability community.
Springtij and the sustainability agenda
Under the umbrella theme of the Tipping Points, Springtij aimed to tackle the current system crisis: behind climate change, the failing financial sector and the decline of our ecosystems lies the omission to calculate the real costs of activities. We discussed the latest climate data of the Potsdam Climate Institute, the consequences of which will affect us all. The mean temperature will go up to +4 degrees Celsius between 2060 and 2100, with dramatic regional effects. Furthermore, we discussed the sustainability agenda and its numerous local initiatives.
The sub-themes were:
- Sustainable economics and the financial sector
- Energy and the climate
- Sustainable enterprise and innovation
- Food, agriculture and ecosystems
Several top speakers attended this year’s festival. Ernst von Weizsäcker, for instance, who founded the Wuppertal Institute in 1990 and who is now Co-President of the Club of Rome.
Also from Germany: Harry Lehmann, the architect of the big change in energy policy and Director of the Umweltbundesamt.
From India: Ashok Khosla, the social venture pioneer. He was awarded a great many prices and only recently stepped down as President of IUCN. With us he discussed the ‘way out’.
On Friday afternoon there was a market place, opened by Anne-Marie Rakhorst.
Our own Peter Bakker, former TNT, is now President of the WBCSD. Together with Feike Sijbesma, CEO of DSM, he is leading the Davos new business models project.
And of course, there were many happenings. The plenaries in the hangar, amid our maritime heritage. The nightly camp fire with sea food. Leadership with horses. Workshops in the dunes and on a landing stage, with the flood rising around you.
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