Earth as commons
The “tragedy of the commons” is a well known economic entity wherein commonly held resources are degraded and destroyed by over-utilisation combined with a lack of public concern and management.
We all share one planet — we breathe the same air, drink the same water and depend on the same oceans, forests and biodiversity. Economist Naoko Ishii is on a mission to protect these shared resources, known as the global commons, that are vital for our survival. In an eye-opening talk about the wellness of the planet, Ishii outlines four economic systems we need to change to safeguard the global commons.
4 changes for the Earth
- Making our cities green: two-thirds of all people on earth will live in cities by 2050.
- Energy decarbonisation – within one generation we need to move away from energy production that adds to the carbon load in the atmosphere.
- Altering our production-consumptions mode from the present “take-make-waste” model.
- A rethink of our food production system: 70% of all fresh water utilisation is for food productions, yet, one-third of all food produced is wasted.