Eliminate GDP and “Economic Growth” to Create the Real Green Economy, Indigenous Peoples Say
National Geographic NewsWatch, 17 April 2012

WASHINGTON DC, USA: Green economy will be one of the main ideas under discussion at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development or Rio+20, to be held in June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The idea is to make a transition to an economic system that maximizes human well-being while operating within the planet’s environmental limits. Exactly how this could be accomplished has yet to be defined. The current economic system rewards those who exploit and destroy nature, said Vicky Tauli-Corpuz, Executive Director, Tebtebba (Indigenous Peoples’ International Centre for Policy Research and Education). It hinders and even blocks Indigenous peoples from practicing their traditional ways of living that actually represent “a real green economy” that can be sustainable, achieve well being and are climate-friendly, she said. Unless countries are going to eliminate GDP (gross domestic product) and economic growth and begin to work holistically then they will not be solving anything. Respecting human rights, and the legal and customary rights of indigenous peoples tops the list of what’s needed. Read the article …

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