Jacinda Ardern Says Economic Growth Is Pointless If People Aren't Thriving

Mon, 14 Oct 2019 05:37:46 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

'She said the global obsession with economic growth as the ultimate
measure of success intensified in the 1980s, when countries around the
world began to cut social safety nets and promote privatization. As a
result, inequality began to soar, with some people becoming
spectacularly wealthy while others struggled to escape poverty.

Ardern has become a champion of changing this framework. She advocates
for a new paradigm of success that uses the United Nations' Global Goals
as its guiding set of principles.

She said every policy pursued by a government should improve the human
welfare of all people in a society.

In New Zealand, that involves the Indigenous Maori people, who have
historically faced widespread discrimination and social exclusion. Since
taking office, Ardern has struggled to better include Maori voices in
decision-making processes.

The prime minister has also emphasized the link between human well-being
and the environment, and has vowed to phase out fossil fuel subsidies to
combat climate change.

"There is no point in subsidizing the climate change we seek to
[fight]," she said.'

Via libramoon@pluspora.com.

        *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net                   Andrew Pam
http://www.xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
http://www.glasswings.com.au/             Partner, Glass Wings
http://www.sericyb.com.au/                Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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