Vol. 1 No. 2 (2017)
Articles

Solving the human sustainability problem in short-termist societies

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Published 2021-06-16

Keywords

  • economic growth,
  • climate change,
  • population,
  • unconventional policy options,
  • inequality,
  • sustainability,
  • green growth,
  • limits to growth,
  • short-termism
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How to Cite

Maxton, G., & Randers, J. (2021). Solving the human sustainability problem in short-termist societies. The Journal of Population and Sustainability, 1(2), 11–21. https://doi.org/10.3197/jps.2017.1.2.11

Abstract

Society has so far failed to create a sustainable economic system because all conventional attempts to change the current paradigm lead to a short-term decline in the rate economic growth, resulting in higher inequality and unemployment, outcomes which are politically unacceptable. This article shows how to overcome this hurdle, by adopting 13 unconventional policies which reduce unemployment and inequality while cutting greenhouse-gas emissions, regardless of what happens to economic growth, and so allow for a gradual transition to a sustainable system in short-termist societies.

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