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.”
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A central theme of this book is that the “concept of the Green Economy offers a new model, based primarily on large-scale technological solutions. But the Green Economy cares little about politics, barely registers human rights, does not recognize social actors and suggests the possibility of reform without conflict. It suggests that the world as we know it can continue with green growth.”
The introduction notes that: “Green Economy is a source of both hope and controversy. For some, it points the way out of permanent environmental and economic crises and promises to reconcile – a long cherished Utopia – ecology and economics. It fosters the hope that we can hang on to our current high standard of material prosperity.”
A study into the diverse perspectives on how we should pursue economic development under conditions of continuing environmental degradation. The aim is to look beyond labels of ‘green economy’, ‘harmony with nature’, ‘sustainable development’ etc. to identify genuine points of agreement and disagreement.
Richard Dyer is a campaigner in the Economics and Resources Programme, Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This is his response to the working paper: The inequality of overconsumption: The ecological footprint of the richest (published in November 2015 by the Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin […]
Katherine Trebeck is Global Research Policy Adviser at Oxfam. This is her response to the working paper: The inequality of overconsumption: The ecological footprint of the richest (published in November 2015 by the Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University). The issues of economic inequality and climate change are intrinsically […]
Alex Cobham is director of research at the Tax Justice Network, and a visiting fellow at King’s College London. This is his response to the working paper: The inequality of overconsumption: The ecological footprint of the richest (published in November 2015 by the Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin […]
The summit was held in October 2015 in Bolivia The aim of the event was to propose solutions to tackle climate change ahead of the UN climate change conference in Paris at the end of 2015. The first conference on climate change and the rights of […]
The working paper The inequality of overconsumption: the ecological footprint of the richest (published in November 2015 by Anglia Ruskin University, UK) includes an exercise that attempts to quantify the ecological footprint of the richest in the United States, Japan, Germany, China, United Kingdom and France.
United Nations Environment Programme / 2011 This landmark report published by the UNEP in 2011 went a long way to putting the concept of the green economy on the international agenda ahead of the Rio+20 conference in 2012. Read report The Green Economy Report argues the reason why there […]
The conference will be held between 8-10 July 2014 in Tanzania With its full title of Green Economy in the South: Negotiating Environmental Governance, Prosperity and Development this conference will bring together academics, researchers and civil society organisations to critically discuss the particular impact of […]