#SustainabilityAndWellbeingPact – Climate is right for radical change

The European Union’s fixation on economic stability and growth is leading us in the direction of ecological instability and collapse. That is why the EU needs a fundamental change of path towards a new Sustainability and Wellbeing Pact, leading experts urge in an open letter.

In a bold shift away from the prevalent culture of quick fixes and partial remedies, a group of prominent academics and policy experts in the field of system change from across Europe will issue, on Thursday 9 May (Europe Day), an open letter to the European Union to adopt a new Sustainability and Wellbeing Pact.

An initiative of the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), the letter, which currently has 212 signatories, focuses on three main areas of systemic change:

Replacing the policy fixation on economic growth with a focus on human and ecological welfare. 
Shift the tax burden away from taxing labour and towards taxing wealth and polluting activities. 
Implement zero-waste strategies that place the impetus on resource efficiency.

The EEB is Europe’s largest network of environmental organizations, with around 150 members in over 30 countries.  The open letter is available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Dutch, Croatian, Finnish, Slovenian and Estonian.

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