This era of abundance must end to save the planet | Letters

Thank you for sharing Emmanuel Macron’s warning about the “end of abundance” (Memoir, August 24). It is heartening to see a glimmer of realism creep into a politician’s speech. Humanity has now exceeded the Earth’s biocapacity for more than 50 years, and it’s hard to believe that politicians and voters still believe that chasing GDP could solve the ecological collapse caused by this “well-being” measure. “.

We increase our ecological debt every year, leaving less and less room for survival for our children. What we really need is a global aspiration to unite us in all our diversity, to aspire peacefully and equitably to fall back on the biocapacity of our planet.

To be sustainable, we must return to our planetary boundaries, and the only way to do this peacefully is to gain the emotional and spiritual maturity to embrace voluntary equitable degrowth. My roadmap for inspiring such maturity was recently submitted to the UN High Level Advisory Board on Effective Multilateralism; the keystone is a UN charter for ecological justice. Find out more on my website
Barbara Williams
Long Hanborough, Oxfordshire

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