Core messages of the flagship report ‘Our Common Digital Future’
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.
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Only if digital change and the Transformation towards Sustainability are constructively interlinked can we make progress with climate-change mitigation, Earth-system protection and human development, and with successfully protecting human dignity. Without formative political action, digital change risks further increasing resource and energy consumption and exacerbating damage to both the environment and the climate. Furthermore, uncontrolled digital change threatens to undermine important foundations of our democracies. It is therefore an urgent political priority to create the conditions needed to place digitalization at the service of sustainable development.
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Technical innovation surges do not automatically translate into sustainability transformations, but must be closely coupled with sustainability guidelines and policies.
A major technical revolution is underway. How will it change the coexistence of humankind on this planet? What goals will it serve? What opportunities and risks does it involve? Who will gain or lose power in its wake? How can it be used to solve humankind’s great challenges?
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.
A major technical revolution is underway. Who gives it direction and purpose? Which goals does it serve? This is an invitation.
Without creative political action, digital change will further accelerate resource and energy consumption, and exacerbate damage to the environment and the climate. It is therefore an urgent political task to create the conditions needed to place digitalization at the service of sustainable development; this is one of the report’s key messages.
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.