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A Good Life for All Within Planetary Boundaries

April 06, 2018 |

This article was originally published in Nature Sustainability

“Humanity faces the challenge of how to achieve a high quality of life for over 7 billion people without destabilizing critical  planetary processes. Using indicators designed to measure a ‘safe and just’ development space, we quantify the resource use  associated with meeting basic human needs, and compare this to downscaled planetary boundaries for over 150 nations. We  find that no country meets basic needs for its citizens at a globally sustainable level of resource use. Physical needs such as  nutrition, sanitation, access to electricity and the elimination of extreme poverty could likely be met for all people without  transgressing planetary boundaries.
However, the universal achievement of more qualitative goals (for example, high life satisfaction) would require a level of resource use that is 2–6 times the sustainable level, based on current relationships. Strategies  to improve physical and social provisioning systems, with a focus on sufficiency and equity, have the potential to move nations  towards sustainability, but the challenge remains substantial…”
Read on at: Nature Sustainability.

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