Green Economy

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What is a green economy?

"The green economy is defined as an economy that aims at reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities, and that aims for sustainable development without degrading the environment. It is closely related with ecological economics, but has a more politically applied focus. The 2011 UNEP Green Economy Report argues "that to be green, an economy must not only be efficient, but also fair. Fairness implies recognising global and country level equity dimensions, particularly in assuring a just transition to an economy that is low-carbon, resource efficient, and socially inclusive."
In Wikipedia. Retrieved July 25th., 2016, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_economy


Juan Verde - Towards a green economy

Gar Alperovitz - The Green Economy & Democratization of Community Wealth | Bioneers

One of the best political videos I have seen recently, but unfortunately he doesn't quite 'get it'. He's close, and it's rare to find someone outside the small group of London Impossibilists who actually knows what proper socialism (as opposed to the fake kind) is about, and I suspect this gentleman does. But the problem is that he focuses his rhetoric on transforming capital (just a reformed version of capitalism) rather than abolishing capital (actual socialism).

Another point, more of a quibble, is that he refers to 'democratising wealth', when (I assume) what he really means is 'democratising the control of resources'. OK, fair premise, and correct, but then you have to consider that unless the root issue, capital, is addressed, then you are maintaining the social relations and contradictions that cause the problems of capitalism. You can't have a 'nice capitalism' (what I think this gentleman calls 'a community-sustaining type of capitalism').

Anyway, I think he is arguing along the right lines rhetorically - as he states, you need to "define a different system" and look beyond the fake politics of Left-Right and state-capitalism versus market-state-capitalism. I also like his considered dismissiveness about 'ideas' for their own sake - what he calls 'project-ism', means effecting macroscopic transformation and improvement through local change. Good, concise talk. Worth a listen.