Our planet is struggling
Scientific studies have warned us that our planet is struggling, that we have pushed our living world beyond physical limits. But there is still hope, and we can better serve our planet. Rising temperatures are causing highly destructive seasons – including record-breaking droughts, unprecedented fires, plastic seas, and ecosystem collapse.
Scientific studies have shown that planetary conflict is occurring on a larger scale than before, but still most governments are waiting for it to make economic sense before taking action.
In light of this, a background document for the United Nations (UN) draft Global Sustainable Development Report 2019 suggests that we need to seriously consider making drastic changes in our economic systems.
Economic models that report political decision making in wealthy countries almost completely disregard the energetic and material dimensions of the economy, ”the researchers wrote in the document.
“Economies have used the ability of planetary ecosystems to handle waste generated from energy and physical use.” In other words, perhaps it is time to accept that we cannot sustain endless economic growth on some finite planet.
The modern state of the Earth according to NASA
U.N. report warns on the impacts of climate change
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The United Nations report is overseen by a group of independent scientists from various disciplines around the world.
This background document for the chapter of the report titled Parivartan has been written by scientists in the fields of economy and environment. Including ecosystem scientist Jussie Aronian from the University of Helsinki, as well as economist business and philosophy researcher economist Paavo Järvensivu from the independent BIOS research unit of Finland. We have not only reached the point where our land, water, and environment are being used as a huge garbage dump.
Reports say that our current economic system is also creating a seriously wide gap between rich and poor. This report is causing an increase in unemployment and debt, all of which are instrumental in destabilizing our societies.
In fact, data show that economic progress in rich countries continues but human well-being does not continue to improve. As ecological economist Dan O’Neill explained for the conversation. The notion of changing our economic system to fit within the physical limits of our reality is seen as highly controversial, and is not what many policy makers would discuss.
Especially when leaders of rich countries like America and Australia openly deny climate change. Or as a leaked document from the UK Foreign Office reads: “Trade and development are now priorities for all positions … work will be reduced like climate change and illegal wildlife trade.”
Meanwhile, we have failed to meet the Paris Agreement to capture temperatures within 2 ° C of warming above pre-industrial times. Our scientists say that we have two options – live the way we live, or somehow make drastic but controlled changes that can prevent this disaster.
“Market-based action will not suffice – even with a high carbon price,” UN documents warn that this is not the first time humans have rallied together and have unique solutions to extraordinary scientific challenges Discovered – The document points to the fact that the US Apollo program was successful only because the government set a clear mission and then Not and finds ways to get the research.
They did not wait for a market-based mechanism for the moon landing to occur. So we are still waiting for the market to miraculously keep us out of disaster, especially when a lot is at stake. Journalist Naomi Klein, author of The Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, states that “we humans are able to organize ourselves with a wide variety of social orders, including societies, including horizons and natural life over time.” There is far more respect for.
“In fact,” she writes, “humans live for the vast majority of our history and many indigenous cultures survive Earth-centric cosmology to this day. Capitalism is just a small glimpse into the collective story of our species.”
No one is suggesting that we return to technology-less societies. Rather, the idea is to learn from different ways of living life that have proven track records of longevity. From there, we can find new and better ways with the help of our advanced techniques.
Klein believes that we should see our economy as an opportunity to transform our economy to give us a chance to create a better and sustainable world.
The background document does not explain what the transformed economies look like, but suggests that they should “enable politics to accept transformative social goals and the physical limitations of economic activity”. And economies should primarily be a tool to “enable the good life”, rather than simply to make a profit.
Järvensivu and colleagues have also acknowledged that in order to make timely transitions to our societies to prevent themselves from hurting themselves beyond the critical 2 ° C threshold of warming, it would take an emergency-scale response. It warns other scientists: “Incremental linear changes… are not enough to stabilize the Earth system. Extensive, rapid and fundamental changes will be needed to reduce the risk of crossing the border.”
Such a reaction may seem like an accelerated World War II-style change of the industry, as discussed by prominent Harvard atmospheric scientist James Anderson.
Meanwhile, experts around the world are exploring alternative ways we can set up our economic systems, such as donut economics, post-growth economics, prospectivity with growth, and the steady-state economy – and Jervensivu and his colleagues from around the world. Forward-thinking leaders from all over are asked to test possible transitional strategies as a universal job guarantee Start lending.
These suggestions are very challenging, but if we humans have proved anything so far with our time on Earth, it is that we can achieve incredible things when we work together.
This Article was Published On: 29 September, 2019 And Last Modified On: 28 July, 2020