We tried to let the private sector lead us and it turned into a greenwashing extravaganza that Kermit the Frog would be proud to lead. The time has come to accept that a stable climate will require a rapid reduction in environmental destruction and the only way to achieve this, despite how distasteful it might sound to some, is with government leadership, regulations and laws.
If only we could find a way to remove inequality, climate change and human exploitation from our economic system. The "Wellbeing Economy" is the answer.
Imagine if instead of a system that rewards predatory behaviour against nature, people and animals, the system punished it.
It’s as if they’re saying, I fully support that we should give up environmentally destructive behaviours…as long as it doesn’t inconvenience me.
Companies need to drop the charade and admit that their efforts to be sustainable have largely failed. It’s time to stop pretending to be part of the solution and come back to the table and be a real partner for positive change.
We are told by most politicians that our challenges are serious and that they are taking the necessary steps to protect us, but deep down we know better.
If the idea of B Corps was actually swaying large companies, investors and billionaires around the world to behave differently, then perhaps we wouldn’t need regulations. But in large part, this is not the case and to claim otherwise is wishful thinking.
When confronted with the idea that regulations could move us much more quickly to address our urgent global environmental challenges, the response is often that we, the consumer, need to change our wasteful and polluting behaviour.