The creative industries, like every other area of life, are subject to planetary boundaries – the identified levels of anthropogenic perturbations below which the risk of destabilization of the earth system is likely to remain low: a “safe operating space” for global societal development [Lokrantz/Azote based on Steffen et al. 2015].
Since the end of the 1980s, the cultural and creative industries have developed into one of the most dynamic branches of the world economy. They therefore also have a decisive impact on the environment. At the same time, however, the creative industries often represent the beginning of large value chains and thus have enormous potential to change industries in a way to have a lesser or even positive impact on the environment.
The Class of 2020 has been asked in the seminar ‘Ecosystems & Economics’ to work out the interdependencies between different areas of environmental problems and characteristics of specific creative industries. Equipped with background knowledge in environmental science the Class of 2020 contributed to a new perspective on the connection between nature and culture. The results shown below reveal unconsidered links and conclusions in this highly dynamic and important field. (Oliver Peters, M.Sc.)