The corporate sector - a major barrier to moving to ecological rationalism from economic rationalism
Ensuring the health of the earth's eco-systems is critical to ecologically sustainabledevelopment, a development path along which the maximisation of human well-being fortoday's generations does not lead to declines in future well-being. Our levels ofconsumption, resource usage, emissions and waste, in all developed countries, continueto grow from levels that are already well in excess of ecologically sustainable levels.Much of the pressure for this continuing unsustainable growth comes from an increasingpowerful corporate sector, which is locked into a system that requires continuallyincreasing profits. These increasing profits are achieved through growth in revenues,usually with increased resource use and often with increased pollution and waste. Thiseconomic growth focus of our current political, economic and business systems fails torecognise the ecological limits to human activity systems and continues to damage theearth's eco-systems.In order to progress towards Ecologically Sustainable Development, major systemicchanges at the societal level are required in order that our human activity systemsincluding our economic systems function within the limits of earth's eco-systems. Ourpolitical-economic system must change in order to eliminate ecological stress and repairpast environmental damage.We, therefore, urgently need an end to unsustainable business as usual from almost everybusiness because our planet's eco-systems are under severe and increasing unsustainablepressure from our human activity systems, driven particularly by our economic andbusiness systems.Ensuring that society moves towards Ecologically Sustainable Development and thatbusinesses move towards an ecologically and socially sustainable business model will notbe easy but it is important, urgent and necessary. Major societal change is also required tomake significant progress towards Ecologically Sustainable Development. This societalchange will result in a range of major government measures to ensure ecological andsocial sustainability of the business sector.
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|Other Persons:||Taplin, R (contributor) ; Hebert, K (contributor)|
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