Lead author, Beth Stratford, from the Sustainability Research Institute at Leeds, said: ‘Our governments lack the confidence to respond effectively to public health and ecological emergencies because they rightly fear triggering crises of unpayable debt, unemployment, or rising inequality. This confidence can only be achieved if we tackle the underlying causes of our dependence on growth’.
Co-author, Dan O’Neill, also from the Sustainability Research Institute said: ‘By reducing our economy’s growth dependence, we could give policymakers the freedom and confidence to respond decisively to public health emergencies, and to introduce tough environmental protections in line with planetary boundaries.’
‘Shedding the blinkers of GDP maximisation, and adopting the Doughnut as a new compass to guide public policy, would allow us to focus on the health and well-being of all people, and protect the living planet upon which we depend.’
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