UNEP’s new roadmap to an “inclusive green economy”
If we are going to create a sustainable economy that provides decent jobs for all, without destroying the biosphere, we are going to need leaders who lead us there. And those leaders are going to need a compelling story to tell about why, and how, to make such economy happen.
UNEP’s new book “Uncovering Pathways Toward an Inclusive Green Economy” provides a good basis for that story, and this summary for leaders provides it in crisp and compelling terms. Plus, you don’t have to be a “leader” to benefit from it.
The development of a green economy is critical to many of the SDGs. But learning about it can be a challenge: there are so many different meanings of “green”. UNEP, which has championed the green economy concept for years, provides this summary “straight from the source,” as it were. The summary includes, in compact format, most of the basic background facts, arguments, opportunities and options that a good green economy story-teller needs to make a compelling case.
“Uncovering Pathways” is packed with graphics that explain things like how a “green” economy and a “circular” economy relate to each other, as well as facts about everything from global wealth disparity (“The 80 richest people own the same wealth as the 3.5 billion poorest people”) to how little investment is actually needed to create a green economy when compared to how much money is allocated through the financial system ($1 trillion for greening compared to a total of $225 trillion allocated per year). By also focusing on jobs, fairness, and access, it establishes conclusively that “green” means “inclusive”, and “inclusive” means “for everyone”.
This free 2015 document fresh, fast reading, and full of good, practical policy advice. If we did everything it suggested, we would very likely arrive at 2030 having met the Sustainable Development Goals … and surpassed them.
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