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Sandrine Dixson-Decleve, Owen Gaffney, Jayati Ghosh, Jorgen Randers, Johan Rockstrom and Per Espen Stoknes

A Survival Guide for Humanity

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'Earth for All' by Sandrine Dixson-Decleve, Owen Gaffney, Jayati Ghosh, Jorgen Randers, Johan Rockstrom and Per Espen Stoknes details how a Healthy planet and thriving society go hand in hand; providing solutions for climate change and inequality to ensure a sustainable future.

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    Inequality keeps the planet from prospering.

    In India, a family lose their farm. Recent rice harvests have been ravaged by drought and the profits from their meager harvests have been eroded by multinational agro-companies undercutting the sale price for rice crops. Drought-resistant rice seeds are available, but the family simply can’t afford to purchase them.

    Meanwhile, in California, a billionaire boards his private jet for a 15-minute flight between two cities.

    There’s something wrong with this picture.

    Gross wealth inequality is one of the most pressing problems facing our planet. The richest billion people in the world consume 72 percent of the planet’s resources. The poorest 1.2 billion, most of whom reside in low-income countries, consume 1 percent. Moreover, high-income countries cause the most carbon emissions, yet low-income countries shoulder a disproportionate share of the negative effects of these emissions. Outsourcing production to low-income countries has seen wealthy corporations offload polluting manufacturing processes to the developing world.

    Until low-income countries prosper economically, they will continue to struggle to implement the green technologies necessary to combat climate change that is, for them, a particularly urgent problem. Low-income countries, and indeed low-income communities within high-income countries, need a pathway out of poverty. The problem? They can’t simply emulate high-income countries which became prosperous through ecologically ruinous industrialization.

    Instead, the global economic system needs a rethink.

    Currently, the IMF regulates a global debt structure that sees countries borrowing and lending to each other with substantial interest. Many low-income countries are held back by massive debt obligations. Repayments – funds that could otherwise be reinvested into social and ecological initiatives – are estimated to cost some African countries 4 percent of GDP a year. This has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic which saw debt in low-income countries soar to $86 billion.

    A comprehensive global debt relief package would immediately improve the economies of low-income countries. Debt weakens local currency and negatively impacts liquidity – lifting debts would strengthen currencies and free up cash to invest in social initiatives and local industry. A global Green New Deal – one that legislates against corporations investing in polluting industries in the developing world – would incentivize all economies to switch to green technologies. A carbon tax levied squarely at carbon producers – crucially, one that distinguishes between the country or corporation responsible for emissions and the country where emissions are recorded – should reduce the global carbon footprint. If intellectual property laws which protect the patents on new green technologies were relaxed, poorer countries would be able to swiftly implement ecological, sustainable farming and manufacturing processes.

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    What is Earth for All about?

    Earth for All (2022) is more than a book – it’s a survival guide. After centuries of industrialization, population growth, and rising inequality, our planet is now at a tipping point. We are already learning to live with pandemics, war, wildfires, and more. This guide offers timely, practical solutions for the urgent problems facing humankind.

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    Earth for All (2021) is a thought-provoking book that explores the urgent need for collective action in addressing the challenges our planet faces. Here's what makes this book worth reading:

    • It presents a multi-faceted perspective on environmental issues, with contributions from experts in various fields, offering a comprehensive understanding of the topic.
    • By providing concrete solutions to save our planet, it empowers readers to take actionable steps towards a sustainable future.
    • Through its cogent arguments and accessible language, the book manages to engage readers on a complex subject, making it far from boring.

    Who should read Earth for All?

    • People concerned about climate change
    • Activists seeking a better future
    • Residents of planet Earth – in other words, all of us!

    About the Author

    The Earth4All collective brings together leading economists, scientists, and ecological advocates to secure a flourishing future for humanity. In Earth for All, authors Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Owen Gaffney, Jayati Ghosh, Jørgen Randers, Johan Rockström, and Per Espen Stoknes challenge us to rethink our relationship with capitalism and industry, with an objective of securing the sweeping systemic change necessary to save the planet.

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    The main message of Earth for All is that we must urgently address the global challenges facing our planet and work together towards a sustainable future.

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    Earth for All is a compelling and informative read. It provides valuable insights into the pressing environmental issues we face and offers practical solutions for a sustainable future.

    Who is the author of Earth for All?

    The authors of Earth for All are Sandrine Dixson-Decleve, Owen Gaffney, Jayati Ghosh, Jorgen Randers, Johan Rockstrom, and Per Espen Stoknes.

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