Digital change needs to be actively shaped to ensure sustainable futures. In analogue haptics and with creative illustrations, this special fact sheet provides incisive entry points to the sustainable shaping of the digital age.
This factsheet summarizes the core messages of the flagship report ‘Our Common Digital Future’. The report makes it clear that sustainability strategies and concepts must be fundamentally further developed in the Digital Age.
The draft charter for a sustainable digital age can be commented online until the end of January 2020. A revised draft will then be published. This Charter process is supported by an international support group.
Germany should build upon the Green Deal announced by EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and work towards a close integration of digital change and sustainability. To this end the WBGU presents cornerstones of a European way to a common digital future.
A major technical revolution is underway. Who gives it direction and purpose? Which goals does it serve? This is an invitation.
Up to now, hopes that digitalization would make a contribution to achieving the goals of the 2030 Agenda has not materialized. Only if digital change and Sustainability are constructively interlinked can we make progress with environmental protection, climate-change mitigation and human development.
Who We Are
Global sustainability is a key issue for the future. It is therefore also a scientific issue. The societal search processes aimed at reaching this goal require concepts that are independent of vested interests, methodologically systematic, and provide long-term projections. This is why the WBGU compiles scientific analyses, develops concepts, and proposes solutions for global sustainability. This is why our thinking is systemic, our work independent and interdisciplinary. This is why through dialogue with policy-makers, society and international organizations, we seek to uncover ways of achieving the Great Transformation.
Voices to Our Reports
Prof Dr Klaus Töpfer
Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) from 1998-2006
Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) (2010–2016)