Climate idea

john linus Tom

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Ministry of Environment & Natural Resources

Climate idea

It’s time to abandon our fossil fuel-based economic growth model and adopt a degrowth and green growth approach. This i

It’s time to abandon our fossil fuel-based economic growth model and adopt a degrowth and green growth approach. As we move forward into the future, it’s necessary for us to reconsider the structures that have historically defined our progress. In particular, the fossil fuel-based economic growth model, although instrumental in shaping modern society, has become an obsolete and damaging system. Sustainability, not capital accumulation, should be our priority if we want a viable future for the coming generations. Fossil fuel, a finite resource, has been the engine of the global economy over the past century, but dependence on this resource is at odds with the reality of a planet with limited resources. The fossil fuel-based economy has led to unsustainable exploitation of natural resources, environmental degradation, and the exacerbation of climate change. This model has been particularly harmful to the global south, where unexploited resources are extracted for the benefit of the north, a process that perpetuates economic and power inequalities. Furthermore, the fossil fuel-based economy has perpetuated a form of capitalism that focuses on capital accumulation above all else. This system has infiltrated every corner of society and has created a cycle of unsustainable growth that ignores the physical limits of the planet. It is imperative to remember that unpaid labor, particularly that of women, subsidizes this system, and that the economy should be reorganized around human needs, not just capital accumulation. Economic degrowth, a proposal that has gained momentum in recent years, presents an alternative to this model. Instead of seeking constant economic growth, degrowth advocates for the reduction of consumption and production to achieve a sustainable and equitable economy. This proposal is a response to the ecological and social crisis we face in today’s world and recognizes that economic growth is not an end in itself, but a means to improve people’s lives. Degrowth does not mean simply reducing the size of the economy, but rethinking how we understand and measure economic success. It means challenging the idea that economic growth is always beneficial and acknowledges that it can have significant social and environmental costs. Instead of focusing on GDP as a measure of well-being, degrowth suggests we should consider more holistic indicators, such as quality of life, equality, and environmental sustainability. This does not mean that we should abandon all forms of growth. Instead, we should shift our focus towards “green growth”, which promotes sustainability and equity.

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  • Harrison wambui

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    Waooo they showing good exaple and right direction

    • Patrik Lobergh

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      @john linus: Your climate idea is really good, please consider to reuse it as new climate ideas also towards UN, World Economic Forum and World Bank and other global institutions 💡

      • Joseph Githinji

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        Great insights , this is the only way to a better and a sustainable future.

      • Lucinda Ramsay

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        100% agreed

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