A Sustainable Global Economy: Revolution or Evolution

by Anne Bunning

Many of us think the environmental crisis is so massive that if the world is to survive, the only option is a revolution in our behaviour, in the way corporations and nations manage the global economy, and in our life priorities. SCSA’s Economy Working Group developed a background paper on just this topic in 2010.

Jane Gleeson-White (JGW) suggests that evolution is a possibility – through accountants.

You can hear Jane Gleeson-White at Adelaide Writer’s Week, 3.45pm on 5 March 2015

In Six Capitals (Allen and Unwin, 2014) JGW argues that accountants have the power to hold nations and corporations accountable for their impact on nature.

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A One Planet Lifestyle Economy

A economy that demands infinite growth is not compatible with a the one planet we have. Recent research (see review of papers in Rate of environmental degradation puts life on earth at risk says scientists) is stating even more clearly that the link between the current economic system and our environmental problems.

So what are the alternatives?

The Art of Economics (and may it one day become an art) needs a new story and a new language that doesn’t require us to choose between self and others, work and aliveness, our own lives and the lives of fellow humans or the health of the planet. A language that has the potential to re-frame the story, re-educate our thinking and get us back on the side of community, on the side of the earth and on the side of life. Inez Aponte – From dismal science to language of beauty – Towards a new story of economics

Following is a great clip on one possible happier and more sustainable future.

What would your dream society look like?

What does a one planet lifestyle entail?

There have been a number of interesting articles recently on the need for alternative ways of living if we are going to have any chance of dealing with the pressing ecological issues such as global warming, resource limits and loss of biodiversity.

Below are a couple of articles that highlight the need for a wider and deeper examination of the world we live in and the alternatives ways of living, that go beyond the simplistic push for renewable energy that seems to dominate the media.

what it refuses to destroy
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