Old ways of conducting business and driving the economy have led to a fragile socio-economic structure and out-of-balance ecosystems fast
nearing tipping point.
Despite bleak headlines we stand on a precipice of potential, with impressive innovations being developed across multiple sectors at lightning speed.
Outdated extractive and exploitative economic models producing irresponsible consumption and widening wealth inequality, have faced further shocks to the system with coronavirus market turmoil creating unprecedented global uncertainty.
Forecasts predict a global economy falling "perilously close” to recession and in the backdrop of these economic shockwaves remains the multiple looming issues of climate change.
These unfolding interrelated challenges have exposed deep-rooted systemic problems relating to our unsustainable industrialised growth culture that is depleting social structures and natural resources yet has failed to eradicate world issues.
There exists a wealth of expert talent, viable alternative models and pioneering green tech. innovations, such as renewable energies, circular solutions, regenerative design communities and more. All the necessary building blocks exist to construct an elevated standard of living for all.
At this critical time for humanity we need to act fast and adopt a long-term vision to ensure our economy and environment are resilient to withstand future crises.
Through mobilizing strategic planning, intelligent systems, political will, adequate resourcing and radical collaboration, we can accelerate our transition to a life-sustaining and thriving future of planetary health.
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We're in the midst of a transitional gateway, traversing a bridge from old conventions into new ways of living.
This breakdown of outdated structures is our wake-up call, forcing us to halt present activities, rethink our future trajectory and get clear on what is truly important to us as a global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 these issues, decouple growth from consumption and environmental degradation and fundamentally redefine our economies’ relationship with nature.
We can no longer 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.
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?