The Sustainable Development Goals are a collection of 17 Global Goals set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 for the year 2030.
The SDGs are part of Resolution 70/1 of the United Nations General Assembly
Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
We have a lot of work to do! Let's Make this Transition Fun!
What is a Circular Economy?
A circular economy is an industrial system that extends beyond the current take-make-waste extractive industrial model, a circular economy aims to redefine growth, focusing on positive society-wide benefits. It entails actively decoupling economic activity from the consumption of finite resources, and designing waste out of industrial systems.
Underpinned by a transition to renewable energy sources, the circular model builds economic, natural, and social capital.
A Circular Economy simplifies resource management, in that it is all about doing more with less. It is about designing reality through the total redesign of the goods and services we are all dependent on.
So, How Can We Achieve the Impossible?
Let's reiterate: We have just ten years to radically transform our global economy
In response, a new co-creative narrative is emerging setting the stage for new ideas and events to evolve. We are drawn towards mission statements of circular economy operatives (CEO's) that think dynamically about systems change, repair, and recovery -
and, as swarm intelligence, emergent behavior suggests, one of the main reasons why the Circular Economy is spreading as fast as it is, is because it makes evolutionary sense:
This is our survival of the fittest moment.
Our goal as investors and innovators united is to apply and embed circular economy principles into the fabric of every day life. We are committed to finding robust solutions for the UN Sustainable Development Goals and applying them on the local - Bio-Regional landscapes of our cities and towns.
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Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Cradle to Cradle
What is the Green New Deal?
In the United States, The Green New Deal is a proposed economic stimulus program that aims to address climate change and economic inequality. The name refers to the New Deal, a set of social and economic reforms and public works projects undertaken by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in response to the Great Depression.
It is proposed that once enacted, the Circular Economy paired with The Green New Deal could generate more then 4.5 trillion in new economic output by 2030
"The Green New Deal works towards the total overhaul of our decaying fossil fuel economy into a new, green economy that is environmentally sustainable, economically secure and socially just. "
"The Green New Deal starts with transitioning to 100% renewable energy by 2030. This is a ambitious goal that requires an immediate end to all investments, both public and private, in fossil fuels (including natural gas) and related infrastructure."
By investing in social entrepreneurs whose mission statements transform the current linear take-make-waste economy - into a more circular economy, The Green New Deal's goal is to transform the US economy into one that is more resilient and regenerative by design.
"The Green New Deal will enable all citizens to spend more time on education, creating art, scientific research and invention – more time enjoying the world we live in,” - AOC
The Green New Deal in Europe:
Towards a Circular Economy
The European Commission adopted an action plan in 2015 to help accelerate Europe's transition towards a circular economy, boost global competitiveness, promote sustainable economic growth and generate new jobs.
The action plan sets out 54 measures to "close the loop" of product life-cycles: from production and consumption to waste management and the market for secondary raw materials. It also identifies five priority sectors to speed up the transition along their value chain (plastics, food waste, critical raw materials, construction and demolition, biomass and bio-based materials). It puts a strong emphasis on building a strong foundation on which investments and innovation can thrive.
Circular City Governance: An explorative research study into current barriers and governance practices in circular city transitions across Europe.
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