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Creating A “Regenerative Economy” To Transform Global Finance Into A Force For Good

November 29, 2013 |

“Science tells us we are in ecological overshoot. We are using Earth’s resources faster than they can be regenerated. So, too, are we in economic and financial overshoot, propelled by a financial system that demands growth with no concern for the environment and little regard for human well-being. Common sense tells us that an economy that is growing by using up its material resources at an exponential rate is fundamentally misaligned with the finite boundaries of Earth’s ecosphere. Unless we shift to a new economic model, the result will be a series of mutually reinforcing crises—economic, social, and ecological—a catastrophe on a scale without historical precedent.

Our modern global economy, recent crises notwithstanding, has delivered remarkable historical achievements, and prosperity (for many) unmatched in human history. Now, however, it must evolve to address the grotesquely inequitable distribution of wealth, intractable poverty in much of the world, and chronic failure to deliver living-wage jobs, all while respecting ecological boundaries. The World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the International Energy Agency all agree that meeting these challenges demands not merely problem solving as we’ve done in the past, but systemic change to address root causes…”

Read on at: Fast Company 

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