“GGA: WHAT WE NEED IS A CIVILIESED WORLD SOCIETY"
Living in peace and creating a global stable society is not very simple in a world with different cultures and growing inequality in economics terms and in terms of access to natural resources. Richard DiPilla, expert in strategy, communication and social media, has been trying to give a solution to this problem by creating an initiative (using the LinkedIn social media forum) called Global Goodwill Ambassadors (GGA). According to Richard, living in peace can only be attained through “understanding and acceptance of a diversified world.” The GGA initiative has a simple mission: to recognize people from every nation, race, color, and socio-economic caste, who do goodwill toward others. The only thing Global Goodwill Ambassadors looks at is the volunteering, charitable, or humanitarian works of any individual. From an initiative, founded four years ago a large structured group has emerged, with volunteers from every country and all walks of life.
Can the Global Goodwill Ambassadors initiative help to create a sustainable society? How? What does a Global Goodwill Ambassador do? How to become a GGA? Richard DiPilla, founder of the GGA, answered to these and other questions
“IT’S TIME FOR THE STEADY STATE ECONOMY"
When we watch the news on TV or read it on newspapers, we often meet headlines like the following: USA’s economy is growing at a rate of…; China’s growth for the year was….Simply we are trapped in the growth paradigm. Growth has become the top priority. But that is a serious mistake. Development is different from growth; they can support each other, at least in the first phases of development, but growth cannot last forever. Even the fathers of modern economics stated that growth should not and (finally) could not last forever and must tend towards a stationary economy: Adam Smith, John Stuart Mill and even John Maynard Keynes. Conceived in the 1970s by Herman Daly, the concept of the Steady State Economy has become increasingly important with the advancement of the ecological crisis.
Why is a Steady State Economy necessary? What are today’s most important obstacles to the achievement of a Steady State Economy? Is a Steady State Economy compatible with wellness and development? Why should nations now abandon the growth paradigm? Which countries face more obstacles in this perspective? Brian Czech, President of CASSE – Center for the Advancement of Steady – has answered these and other questions.
“CLIMATE CHANGE: AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHIFT OUR ECONOMIES TO LOW CARBON PATHWAYS"
Climate Change is both a local and a global issue. This statement is clear to the Canadian Government, which played a key role in setting the historic Paris Agreement. Sustainability is a priority for Canada, which on December 9, 2016 adopted the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, a plan for an emission-less growth, as well as for adapting to a changing climate and environment. Why is it necessary for every Country to face Climate Change? What role Canada is playing? What are the main general challenges to face? How to educate people in the fight against Climate Change? Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change at the Government of Canada, answered to these and other questions.
“IS THE ‘DOUGHNUT’ OUR COMPASS IN THE 21st CENTURY?"
When one first meets the expression Doughnut Economics, he may think of a joke, or perhaps an economic model for managing the supply or the purchase of food. It is not the case! The Doughnut Economic Model proposed by Kate Raworth is a very deep, at the same time philosophic and pragmatic, approach towards the matter of sustainable economy. Thinking that there are 2 lines, 2 limits, 2 boundaries, that, when overpassed, could trigger a serious of nefarious things for human development is very valuable and of practical use for citizens, academics, firms and institutions. Kate Raworth, in her book Doughnut Economics, Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economis, explains clearly the basics for sustainable development.
In this interview (source: the magazine ‘Renewable Matter’) Kate Raworth answered to some key questions on her book.
“SUSTAINABILITY: A KEY FACTOR FOR INVESTMENTS TO BE PROFITABLE IN A LONG TERM PERSPECTIVE"
Sweden is one of the leading Countries on the issue of Sustainability. It is ranked as the Most Sustainable Country in the World according to the RobecoSAM’s Country Sustainability Ranking study. Combating climate change is one of Sweden’s top three priorities, and Sweden’s new climate change bill (February 2017) calls for a 70% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector by 2030. It is not only a question of planning…The concreteness of these planning is supported by a past of many initiatives which go in the direction of sustainability: Sweden’s shift from oil to district heating in the early 1990’s is a great example of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (i.g., District heating in Gothenburg); in the Umeå’s Ålidhem district, some 400 residential apartments – built in the 1960s and 1970s – have been refurbished with the goal of reducing their energy consumption by 50 per cent. These are only some of the many examples of Sweden commitment and strategy on sustainability. What makes this Country so different? What is its future strategy on sustainability? Is sustainability a burden to development? Why a Country should invest in sustainability? What kind of improvement can be done in Italy? Per Bolund, Minister for Financial Markets and Consumer Affairs at the Government of Sweden, answered these and other questions.