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Losing Our Humanity

Losing Our Humanity

Humankind now lives in a time of profound change, social and economic turmoil, and unprecedented environmental challenges. Some say the future is not what it used to be. That the past is dead. And the present is an illusion. It’s safe to say that the future holds potential vastly different to our “business as usual”, far removed from the economic model to which society’s power-brokers so desperately cling. Change is inevitable. This is not least because the challenges we face are simultaneously environmental, technological, economic, social and cultural. Human self-interest as we know it is destined to evolve. Increasingly, people… read more

The Green Economy

A green economy

The Green Economy is inspired by a different mind-set and value system to the modern industrial economy (otherwise known as modern wealth or capitalism). In their book, Natural Capitalism: Creating the next industrial revolution, Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins and L.Hunter Lovins (2000, p.9) identify some of the fundamental assumptions of a Green economy: The environment is not a minor factor of production. Think instead of the natural world as a package that contains, provisions and sustains the entire economy. Future economic development is limited by the availability and functionality of natural capital. In particular, the limiting factor is the health… read more