TORONTO, Oct. 30, 2013 /CNW/ - Greening the economy at the local level
will bring jobs, prosperity, and help us out of the environmental
challenges we're facing. That is the finding of Green Economy at Community Scale, a new Metcalf Foundation report by Professor Tim Jackson and Professor Peter Victor two of the world's top ecological economists and leading thinkers on
issues of environmental sustainability and economic growth.
It isn't enough, the authors argue, to think of the green economy in
terms of business as usual — with some clean technology thrown in. The
transition is both more fundamental and more exciting. The report
reframes work, rethinks productivity, and offers a powerful new vision
of enterprise in the service of community.
"Prosperity isn't just about having more stuff," says co-author, Tim
Jackson, Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of
Surrey. "It hangs on our sense of belonging and our trust in others. It
depends on our ability to participate fully in the life of the
community. Prosperity is the art of living well on a finite planet."
"Where little was seen to be happening at the community level, now there
are expanding possibilities in investment, enterprise, and finance to
come to terms with widespread environmental problems," says co-author
Peter A. Victor, Professor of Environmental Studies at York University.
It's a ground-breaking paper according to Atif Kubursi, Professor Emeritus of Economics, McMaster University and also former Executive Secretary United Nations Economic and Social
Commission, who says, "The report treats us to a rich menu of
innovative concepts that tie together many previously unconnected
ideas. Ideas such as a green economy being compatible with high
employment and meaningful jobs, and that money can anchor
Green Economy at Community Scale is one of the first research-based explorations of the green economy at
the local level. The report is drawn from the authors' original
analysis of the flow of natural and financial assets at the national
Sandy Houston, President & CEO of the Metcalf Foundation states, "Since the green economy is still a contested concept, by
compiling and highlighting pragmatic examples at the community level,
the paper paints a convincing case for broad-reaching changes. It's
both inspiring and easy to comprehend."
Green Economy at Community Scale is published by the Metcalf Foundation and is being released in
conjunction with the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics
(CANSEE), 2013 biennial conference, October 31 to November 2, at York
University in Toronto.
The Metcalf Foundation helps Canadians imagine and build a just, healthy, and creative society
by supporting dynamic leaders who are strengthening their communities,
nurturing innovative approaches to persistent problems, and encouraging
dialogue and learning to inform action.
To download the report, visit: www.metcalffoundation.com.
SOURCE: Metcalf Foundation
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