Just stumbled across a very interesting video from UNEP.
It broaches the issue of sustainability through a social scientific perspective.
Please have a look yourself:
- sustainable development = environmental + economic + social development
- social development includes improvement of human well-being and social equity
- green economy = low carbon growth + resource efficiency + social inclusivity
- We are facing a triple crisis.
triple crisis = socio-political + economic + environmental crises
- It is not possible to solve the first two parts of the triple crisis through technological advancement alone
- The transformation has to involve social change: new regulations and institutions, but also a worldwide discussion on social norms and values
- The ecological crisis can be harnessed to solve all three parts of the triple crisis by acting as a driver for a new round of economic growth
Weaknesses of the green economy concept
- imposing a green washing consensus on the developing world and thus closing off the space for alternatives
- failing to address the issue that infinite growth is not possible on a finite planet
- trying to decouple growth from environmental destruction