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300 stakeholders call for integrating planetary boundaries in decision-making

In an opinion piece published today in the French newspaper Les Echos, 300 stakeholders from the world of impact and economics, brought together by ChangeNOW, call for overcoming divisions and positioning ecology and planetary boundaries as fundamental principles upon which society must build and organize itself, for a sustainable future.
In a world that pushes us to polarize, divide, and threaten the very existence of our democracies, this paper calls for unity around 2 central points: ecology and humanity. It is time to put ecology at the center of all actions and decisions!
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Here is a translation in English:
Opinion | Ecology: overcoming divisions for a sustainable future

On the occasion of the ChangeNOW conference, from March 25 to 27, 300 players from the impact and economic worlds are calling for ecology to be placed at the heart of projects for a shared future, as 50% of the world's population is called to the polls in 2024.

Gathered at the initiative of ChangeNOW, more than 300 French and international players from the impact and economic worlds are calling on us to overcome divisions and place ecology and planetary limits as fundamental principles on which society must build and organize itself, for a sustainable and more humane future.

In a constantly changing world, where challenges are multiplying and becoming more complex, ecology is often perceived as an additional constraint, a moral luxury reserved for certain people or for times of prosperity. Yet not only is this vision reductive, it is also dangerous. It artificially contrasts ecology with other fields such as agriculture, industry and economics. As if protecting our environment meant sacrificing everything else.

Common home
Ecology, from the Greek "oikos" (house) and "logos" (science), is none other than the science of our common home, the framework within which all life on Earth is governed. It is intrinsic to every aspect of our existence: eating, moving, dressing, producing - everything is an ecological act because we always operate within the limits of our world.

Ecology therefore concerns everything and concerns us all. It affects every aspect of our daily lives, impacting our shared existence and our economic system. In this sense, ecology is profoundly political. With more than 50% of the world's population set to vote in 2024, environmental issues must be neither eclipsed nor instrumentalized. Instead of using ecology to create divisions and disagreements, we need to realize that it is the common ground on which we collectively depend.

Hors-sol
To ignore ecological principles is to run the risk of becoming "off-ground", disconnected from the physical realities that frame our existence, and widening the social divide linked to the consequences of climate change. Science teaches us that every action has its effects. Ecology applies this principle to living organisms and our interaction with them.

It is therefore imperative to adopt planetary limits as a guide to our development. Not as a brake, but as a necessity for building a sustainable, fairer future that leaves no one behind.

Concrete solutions
It is in this spirit that we, entrepreneurs, managers, investors, NGO members, activists, experts, artists, athletes and citizens from all walks of life, will gather in numbers at ChangeNOW [in association with Les Echos-Le Parisien, NDLR], from March 25 to 27, in Paris, around concrete solutions, to transcend the sterile confrontation between ecology and progress and demonstrate a shared commitment to building a sustainable and more humane world.

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  • Paul Hawken

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    I think it is important to emphasize that ecology is not a global phenomenon itself. Ecology rests within place, ecosystems, and culture. The boundaries that should be respected and not surpassed vary widely with respect to geography. That ecology is the core of all human well-being activity is inarguable. The idea that the Planetary Boundaries work done by Rockstrom and company should be the measure may be a limiting way to proceed or advocate. The climate and ecological movement have been hampered by using jargon and terms that only the movement understands. If we are to speak of ecological limits, we must include sound and light as significant and harmful boundaries that already have been crossed causing loss of life on the planet.

    • mary Mwihaki

      4 w

      This is great inspiration action the unity and commitment to overcame division and prioritize environmental conservation in their action.

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      • We Don't Have Time

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        • George Kariuki

          4 w

          This is powerful! 300 stakeholders calling for ecology to be at the center of decision-making. Time to move beyond divisions and build a sustainable future together!

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          • Jane Wangui

            4 w

            This shows that we can achieve alot if only worked together as a team to solve the problems at large and help save the environment.

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            • Ann Nyambura

              4 w

              I hope that policymakers and leaders take heed of this call for unity and prioritize environmental conservation in their actions

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              • walter lungayi

                4 w

                This collective effort underscores the importance of considering environmental limits in shaping policies for a sustainable future.

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                • Princess

                  4 w

                  What an inspiring call to action! Their unity and commitment to overcoming divisions are truly commendable.

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                  • Ingmar Rentzhog

                    4 w

                    I am proud to have signed this! i am looking forward to speaking at the world's largest climate solutions gathering in Paris next week!

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