31 Jul '14, 6am

We can’t have social justice without environmental sustainability

We can’t have social justice without environmental sustainability

What does all this imply for policy and practice? The paper argues that a new social settlement cannot depend on continuing economic growth. Instead, we must look to the resources of what NEF calls the ‘core economy’ – all the uncommodified human and social resources that make the world go round, and without which the formal economy would grind to a halt. We must make sure that these are valued and supported by pooling resources and acting together through a democratic state. Co-production should become the standard way of getting things done. Investment and action must be shifted upstream to prevent harm , not wasted on coping with avoidable social and environmental problems. And public services must lead by example by reducing their own ecological footprint and helping their workforce and the people they serve to behave more sustainably. To underpin all this, we must tak...

Full article: http://www.neweconomics.org/blog/entry/we-cant-have-socia...

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