For some the green economy is the answer to the world's economic and environmental crises, while for others it is a false solution.
Why Green Economy? is a space to share ideas from across the world on a new economic model to tackle climate change and protect the environment.
Read summaries of key materials on the links between the environment, climate change, energy and economics.
Introduction to the green economy
What should a green economy look like in practice?
The transition from fossil fuels to renewable energies
Protecting the environment by fully recognising its value
The Natural Capital Protocol, which is mainly aimed at business users, could potentially transform the way businesses operate because it comprehensively demonstrates how companies are dependent on a healthy environment. In my opinion for the Protocol to be considered successful it also has to transform the business model and reduce the impact of those economic sectors that have a hugely negative effect on the environment. Can an oil or mining company reduce the footprint of their business activity, change where they operate or change the products they sell?
In April 2016 a group of academics and representatives from NGOs met at the International Institute for Environment and Development in London to discuss the challenge of reducing inequality and unsustainable consumption. I presented my research on the ecological footprint of the richest people and set out what I saw as the priority questions to focus on.
This report sets out how we are losing biodiversity at a faster rate than ever. According to the report global populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles have already declined by 58% between 1970 and 2012. And this trend is expected to continue due to our overexploitation of ecological resources. The report argues that “transitioning toward a resilient planet entails a transformation in which human development is decoupled from environmental degradation and social exclusion.”