A finer future is possible
Is it possible to stop climate change and the rapid rate of environmental destruction, while reducing inequality, in a world so dependent on continuous economic growth? Not without radical change.
A successful transition requires a new cultural story, one where humanity lives in harmony with nature, and today’s social tensions are greatly reduced. But this will take many years because a number of barriers need to be overcome. Given the seriousness of the social and environmental problems, it would take too long to avoid collapse.
So society needs to buy time. It can do this by moving towards a circular economy and by transforming the economic system gradually, by restructuring finance and business, shifting to renewable energy, reforming food production and redefining the nature of work, to generate jobs and guarantee livelihoods. The technology and understanding to make these changes already exists. It is a question of social and political will.
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