The best thing a business could do for the environment is shut down

A key finding of our research is that climate change poses a fundamental challenge to business as usual. While corporations frame climate change through the optimistic prism of innovation, technology and “green” products and services, the unpleasant reality is that our existing economic system fundamentally undermines a habitable climate.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.theguardian.com

Brilliant must-read analysis on the climatechaos, capitalism and the future of business

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Don’t blame China for these global economic jitters

we have wasted the past seven years propping up a bankrupt economic model. Before things get any worse, we need to replace it with one in which the financial sector is made less complex and more patient, investment in the real economy is encouraged by fiscal and technological incentives, and measures are brought in to reduce inequality so that demand can be maintained without creating more debts.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.theguardian.com

Not China but debt addiction of the West & misguided austerity policies are cause of the new coming Depression.

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La Pologne n’est pas à l’abri d’une dérive fasciste

cette révolte des masses qui conduit à une forme d’autoritarisme politique et à une dictature populiste résulte des « politiques de non-reconnaissance » conduites un peu partout en Europe, selon la doxa néolibérale. Tous les fascismes européens ont commencé de la même façon : transformation d’un manque de dignité des masses populaires en fait politique pour retrouver la fierté nationale. On peut craindre que le fascisme qui a déjà pris une forme d’exercice de pouvoir et une méthode de gouvernance renaisse en Pologne.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.lemonde.fr

Excellent article in Le Monde on the fascist revolution in Poland and the importance for EU democracy

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The sharing economy is a lie: Uber, Ayn Rand and the truth about tech and libertarians

‘Uber is an ideological campaign, a neoliberal project whose real products are deregulation and the dismantling of the social contract.’

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.salon.com

Good article explaining why Uber does not have anything to do with the #sharingeconomy & is not the #futureofwork.

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The Church of Economism and Its Discontents

A successful transition will depend on a diverse collection of efforts, including urging negative population growth; supporting sustainable consumption and degrowth; promoting the commons paradigm; working with religion to foster an ethic for an equitable and sustainable planet; furthering justice; improving the sciences; promoting agroecology; facilitating local markets; encouraging progressive forms of corporate ownership, governance, and practice; and warning of limits and the possibilities of tipping points. We will need all of these efforts and more to shift to a socially just and environmentally sustainable world. We will even need the insights of economists, but with a diversity of forms of economic thinking. We will need markets, but we will have to be far more aggressive in telling the “invisible hand” where to go. Hopefully, exposing the interrelationships between economism and the Econocene will help us see the depth and breadth of the problem and the role each of us can play in a collective solution.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.greattransition.org

Brilliant must-read article by Richard Norgaard on the role of ‘economism’ and the need for a radical transformation of our economies.

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Who’s right, commodities or the Fed?

Either these commodities are about the turn the corner as renewed strength in the United States–the biggest buyer of commodities next to China–revives industrial metal and crude oil demand–or the Federal Reserve is misreading the tea leaves and crashing commodity prices signal a world and U.S. economy in distress.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.resilience.org

Good article on the FED’s interest raise and the real economy implications

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False Promise | George Monbiot

Governments urge us both to consume more and to conserve more. We must extract more fossil fuel from the ground, but burn less of it. We should reduce, reuse and recycle the stuff that enters our homes, and at the same time increase, discard and replace it. How else can the consumer economy grow? We should eat less meat, to protect the living planet, and eat more meat, to boost the farming industry. These policies are irreconcilable. The new analyses suggest that economic growth is the problem, whether or not the word sustainable is bolted to the front of it.

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Brilliant must-read analysis from George Monbiot. Even relative decoupling between materials use and economic growth is an artifact of false accounting. Growth and sustainability are incompatible.

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Leading a green lifestyle could help us be more satisfied

People will need to lead less materialistic lifestyles if we are to transition to a green economy, but the challenge in changing actual behaviours and lifestyles lies in overcoming our ingrained notions about consumption, success and happiness.

That’s according to Ricardo García Mira from the University of A Coruña in Spain, who is leading an EU-funded project looking at how to encourage people to behave in a pro-environmental manner.

How will our individual lifestyles have to change over the next 10 years if we are serious about reducing climate change?

Sourced through Scoop.it from: horizon-magazine.eu

Another example of the great research done by EU institutions, which never then never reaches policymakers. How can we change this?

 

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