Old ways of conducting business and driving the economy have led to a fragile socio-economic structure and out-of-balance ecosystem that is already at tipping point.
We are standing on the precipice of potential with impressive pioneering innovations being developed across multiple sectors at lightning speed.
The unprecedented COVID-19 crisis has created global uncertainty and economic decline. A greater recession than the 2008 global financial collapse and even the Great Depression is predicted, with hardships for both individuals and businesses likely to be considerable and severe.
In the backdrop of these economic shockwaves remains the unfolding challenges and multiple complex issues of climate change. The crisis has exposed deep problems related to the unsustainable industrialised growth culture that has depleted the environment yet failed to eradicate world issues.
There is a wealth of expert talent, abundant resources, viable alternative models and pioneering green tech innovations such as renewable energies, circular economies, remodelled communities and more. All the necessary building blocks exist to construct an elevated standard of living for all.
At this critical time for our planet we need to take proactive decisions and adopt a long-term vision to ensure both economy and environment are resilient to withstand future downturns and crises.
With considered planning, intelligent systems, political will and adequate resourcing we can accelerate our transition to a new sustainable future.
We are currently in a transitional gateway, traversing a bridge from old conventions into new ways of living.
The breakdown of outdated structures is a wake-up call forcing us to halt present activities, rethink our future trajectory and get clear on what is truly important to us as a global society.
We have an unprecedented opportunity to seize the moment and address the structural root causes of the issues in every sector, decouple growth from consumption and environmental degradation and fundamentally redefine our economies’ relationship with nature.
We cannot return to ‘business-as-usual’ and the same downwards trajectory of undermining natural ecosystems as before. Ecosystem restoration is paramount in slowing down the onset of climate change. Urgent solutions are required.
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We are sounding a rallying call for radical collective action to:
Accelerate efforts to improve environmental regeneration
Embrace new models for a sustainable recovery
Open up avenues for policy reform and systemic change
Facilitate a more resilient culture that better sustains life on our planet
If not now, when?