OVERARCHING GOAL (SDG):
BY 2030 ALLPEOPLE LIVE SUSTAINABLY WITHIN THOSE PLANETARY BOUNDARIES THAT SUPPORT HUMAN LIFE
(This goal is equivalent to Goal 2 of the UN’s SDSN document)
This SDG relates to all focus areas of the UN’s Open Working Group (OWG)
Rationale: This is a matter of survival and so nothing less will suffice. A Safe Operating Space is outlined in the following article by Prof. Will Steffen et al.: Planetary Boundaries: Exploring the Safe Operating Space for Humanity. http://www.commonsactionfortheunitednations.org/?s=pLANETARY+BOUNDARIES
TO ENABLE ALL PEOPLE BY 2030 TO LIVE WITHIN THE PLANETARY BOUNDARIES THAT SUPPORT HUMAN LIFE
The following targets will help humanity to live within the planetary boundaries that support human life. They are mutually reinforcing and each one relates to all 19 of the focus areas set out by the OWG..
Target 1. All People Are Accountable for the Impact of their Individual Footprints on the Earth System and Reap the Benefits of Successful Stewardship.
Rationale: The sum of the actions of all people determine the degree to which the Earth System will support human life and thrivability. Once people measurer their individual footprints and become conscious of their impact relative to others, then public pressure and businesses stressing their sustainability for positive publicity are likely to lead to people living within their individual footprints. This process would be further promoted as people notice the positive effects sustainable living has on the quality of their lives, society and the economy.
Implementation: The metrics exist (e.g. ecological footprint; water footprint; carbonfootprint, etc.) and will become increasingly refined with use. See articles by Alessandro Galli on www.CommonsActionfortheUnitedNations;
Target 2: All People Participate in Open, Inclusive, Democratic Decision Making on Resources and Other Matters that Relate to their Capacity to Thrive.
Rationale: Where people participate with their fellow stakeholders in an inclusive, transparent and democratic form of decision making with regard to the resources they need, common resources tend to be better cared for; and social relationships become more mutually supportive. Examples include commons based communities, including (digital) networks and cooperatives, (the business arm of the commons with one billion members worldwide.) These tend to be successful even in times of economic downturn since the interests of the individual and the community coincide.
Implementation is already taking place in town hall meetings, through local and (inter)national referenda and global consultations as well as the thousands of commons based communities. Wheresover people are dedicated to the well being of all people and nature the foundation grows stronger for a sustainable global community..
Target 3. All Are Educated in the Basic Skills Required to Live and Thrive within the Planetary Boundaries Required to Support Human Life
Rationale: To enable people to live sustainably and to close the gap between the “haves” and the “have-nots” that is tearing our world apart, it is necessary to expand our basic education. Such education would include peaceful conflict resolution skills, unblocking conscious use of feeling and intuition the basis for empathy and our umbilical chord to Mother Nature, calculating ones individual footprints (starting with carbon, ecological and water footprints) and ongoing awareness of the health of the various bio-regions of which each is an integral part.
Implementation: Bioregion health could be communicated as a part of weather forecasts, drought and smog alerts and mention actions that each citizen can/must take while an undesirable state exists. The development of intuition, feeling and reasoning abilities can be taught via the Internet where increasingly courses and simple tools for sustainable living are becoming available free of charge. It will be essential if we are to have a level playing field that all must have access to computers and develop IT skills. Web sites listing best practices for sustainability can be increased. With Internet savvy and accessibility new horizons open up.
Target 4: All people contribute to a shift from a debt-based economy that depletes the environment to a commons-based economy at all levels where all live in harmony with one another and nature. See Measures to Shift to a Commons-Based Economy based on the Well Being of All People and Nature.
- The present debt based economy requires people to produce and consume so that it can keep itself going, thereby destroying the environment and human health and increasing the chasm between the “haves” and the “have-nots.” It is essential to shift to an economy where all are accountable for their consumption and production and well being is central. http://www.caringeconomy.org/content/what-are-social-wealth-indicators
- A commons based economy centres around communities at all levels that have formed to steward specific resources for the benefit of all stakeholders. Here stakeholders tend to be mutually empowering for their interests are aligned.
Target 5. All Nations Implement the Targets they Have Agreed to in the Past 20 Years.
Target 6: Using Peaceful Means to Resolve Conflicts between People(s) and between People and Nature. See article: Conflict Prevention statement and handout
For more information: www.CommonsActionfortheUnitedNations.org; Lisinka Ulatowska: CommonsActionUN@gmail.com.