A green economy is one that allocates environmental benefits and costs fairly to achieve a more just and equitable society. Our coalition members share some practical thinking on how to ensure a socially just transition.
9 theses on criticizing the green economy
The authors call for radical realism and the courage to recognize the complexity of the global crises. They assert that the key will be to keep advancing the project of the modern era while taking our current knowledge of the planet’s boundaries and a vision of broad democratic participation and the end of poverty and injustice into account.... Continue reading
A personal perspective on the ethics of climate change
I am an astronomer. I am mindful that our Earth is 45 million centuries old, but that this century is special.
It is the first century when one species – ours – can determine the fate of the biosphere. That is because of anthropogenic stresses to ecosystems, and the unintended downsides of advanced technologies.
Laudato Si’: the Pope’s call to action on sustainable development
Encyclicals are letters to the Catholic Church outlining the thinking of the Pope and in this case of the Bishops of the world. They do not normally generate global media interest and get leaked ahead of time. But like so much done by Pope Francis, this encyclical bucks the trend.... Continue reading
Why population matters to Green Economy
Economics deals with the large and the small. The world economy is summarized in global GDP, but is dependent on billions of individual decisions. So it is with population. When we die, where we live, how many children we have: these are all personal to each individual. And yet, in the last fifty years, half a life time for some, human numbers have more than doubled, from three to seven billion.... Continue reading
The green economy: a story of atonement?
Last week I attended a fascinating supper hosted by Tearfund – the development charity working with Christian agencies worldwide to tackle poverty – which is asking some big questions that chime with our mission at the Green Economy Coalition (GEC): what does a just and sustainable economy look like? What new models for influence will be needed to unlock change on this scale?... Continue reading
Real Green Economies: Report (PDF)
On 24-26 February 2014, forty individuals representing diverse views including trade unions, business, civil society and policy convened at Wilton Park to discuss ‘Real Green Economies’. Contrary to the macro-economic models and analytical frameworks that have been developed by international institutions, the conference aimed to understand what solutions and actions are being taken by communities to transform their local economies. Stakeholders shared their experiences of different approaches – some of which have happened in absence of government intervention.... Continue reading
Making green and social entrepreneurship work for all in the developing world
With the target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approaching, consultations are taking place globally to draw out insights that can contribute to the “Post-2015 Development Agenda and Framework”. In this context, the SEED Initiative recently took part in the interactive, multi-stakeholder discussion: “Scaling up partnerships in food and nutritional security and marine resources”, which was part of the joint General Assem... Continue reading
The Snark of Inclusive Growth
On Thursday we will receive the report from the United Nations General Assembly meeting that has been running in New York since last week. One of the major agenda items has been defining Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the world, to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that expire in 2015. Amidst the usual disagreements, ‘inclusive growth’ is one of the big ideas for the SDGs that the world’s leaders seem to agree on. It is an appealing idea but an elusive one.... Continue reading
The Caribbean “green economy”: A journey from theory to action
The last several years have been rough for Caribbean economies. Their reliance on natural resource dependent export sectors such as tourism and agriculture make them perpetually vulnerable to global economic shifts and environmental hazards like hurricanes and, over the longer term, climate change. There is evidence of the breaching of some ecological limits due to over-exploitation of resources such as fisheries. Worldwide economic volatility and deepening recession have greatly increased vulnerability.... Continue reading
What green growth means in developing countries
A year ago, I attended the Rio+20 Conference at Rio de Janeiro, a city famous for its beach resorts, Carnival, and natural landscape. But to people like me who work on development and environmental issues, Rio is a place of pilgrimage due to its significance in setting the sustainable development agenda back in 1992.... Continue reading