Ann Dale, Canada research chair in community sustainability at Royal Roads has formulated a recipe for a new and healthy Canadian economy for 2013.
Among other things, Dale argues we need to break our fixation with constant growth in Gross Domestic Product and replace that with more meaningful goals. As The Guardian's enviro-scribe, George Monbiot, wrote recently, "sustainable growth" and "sustainability" are now polar opposites.
While others are going low-carb, Canadian political leaders should go
low-carbon and start measuring some other metrics as well to slim down
environmental risks and reduce ecological scarcities.
As Canada research chair in sustainable community development at Royal
Roads University, I am exploring more sustainable development pathways.
Along with my team, we brought together more than 100 researchers,
practitioners, civil-society leaders and policymakers from across the
country to participate in a workshop in the spring of 2012. Our
objective was to look at what is working and not working with our
current economic model based on growth, and there was unanimous
consensus on what Canadian decision-makers need to act on.
We need to expand our measures of progress from a simple growth metric,
the king of all indicators, the gross domestic product (GDP), to human
The evidence is very clear that the present economy based on perpetual
growth, rising levels of debt and continuing ecological deficits cannot
Read Ann Dale's recommendations for action here.