A viable human future requires a radical change in the way we live. Currently, we humans organize to make our living as if we were money seeking robots inhabiting a dead rock. The result is a dramatic and growing imbalance in our relationship to the rest of nature and to each other that drives toward social and environmental collapse.
The increasingly dire consequences stir a human reawaking to the truth of our ancestors: We are living beings born of and nurtured by a living Earth. And that changes everything.
Effective action toward a living Earth economy depends on our recognition that the imbalance is:1. Extreme, growing, and a threat to human species viability: Globally, we humans consume at a rate 1.6 times what living Earth can sustain and the combined financial assets of the world’s 62 richest people equal those of the poorest half of humanity— 3.7 billion people.
2. The consequence of an economic system organized and managed to maximize financial returns to financial assets. The greater the financial return, the greater the concentration of financial power, leading to political corruption leading to rules that favor owners over workers and limit environmental protection. The problem is systemic.
Public policies designed to accelerate GDP will likely exacerbate the imbalance unless they advance an equitable distribution of ownership participation and the embrace of social norms supporting small families and modest lifestyles.
Far from being a model for the world, as many of us once thought, the United States exemplifies the problem. If each of Earth’s 7 billion people consumed at the rate of the average American, it would require four Earth’s to sustain them.…Living Economics Forum
A Living Earth Economy