There is a prevalent perception that indicates that we can’t keep going on this way, that there is an immediate urge for a change. We have to face several problems whose impacts may affect all of us: high and chronic unemployment rates, increase of inequality, irregular immigration, faster destruction of our natural habitats, loss of biodiversity, deterioration of farmlands, reduction of aquifers and pollution of freshwater sources, air pollution due to non-renewable energies, global warming, etc.
Most of these problems have their origin in our way of understanding the economy and its relationship with nature. In the history of mankind we find examples of populations who have disappeared as a consequence of practices that, in the end, tragically affected their livelihoods. Nowadays, the impacts of problems such as those mentioned above have a global reach, generating huge difficulties for an ever-growing population and threatening people’s future in both industrialized and industrializing countries.
Strangely, our current reality shows symptoms comparable to those of these societies in their declining moment, even if it’s true that we now have the necessary knowledge and technology to be able to face their impacts. It only requires goodwill to change. The decision falls not only into the political sphere, but also in the individual one. It’s necessary that all of us, regardless of our context, change the way we produce and get in touch with nature.
Because what is at stake is not only our present, but also, and above everything, the future of the coming generations and wellness of all humanity. In this global society, we’re all responsible for moving on the right direction: industrialized countries, by reducing the unsustainable level of impact and resources consumption; developing countries, by integrating of the latest developments for a more sustainable production; and the most vulnerable countries, by consolidating their institutions in order to assure the sources of livelihood of their population, also in a sustainable way.
That said, is there a possible balance which allows maintaining the levels of life in certain countries, at the same time as reaching the fair expectations of those who want to reach similar standards?
It’s undoubtedly a huge challenge that requires us all to change the way we understand the economy and how we produce, as well as the relationship we maintain with nature. Some of us should find ways to enjoy a similar quality of life, but conserving resources and improving employment levels. Others will need to include these guidelines in their industrialization processes. But in general, we should all preserve the areas and set the suitable conditions that allow the most vulnerable countries to find their opportunities in the global economy.
This Blog intends to be a space for the dissemination of these new paths, becoming a window for the display of ideas, experiences, approaches, methodologies and good practices to be oriented in this line, with the purpose of bringing useful experiences for those who are interested in moving toward an economy where the social and environmental aspects recover the lost importance.
With a special nod to the most vulnerable countries and to their strengthening processes in the frame of a more competitive economy, this Blog is open to the experiences of any country and context, with the certainty that valuable experiences exist as much in the North as in the South (whose boundaries fade more and more), which will emerge as a mutual interest.
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