Dr Christine Parkinson’s recently published book sets out the following series of measures which could move us towards a new, balanced, green economy:
- introducing greater incentive schemes to encourage businesses to develop, use and market greener technologies and to penalise those who don’t. Examples of this could include: using and developing renewable forms of energy; phasing out motor vehicles which use petrol or diesel and introducing those that run on easily-accessible clean energy;
- investing in research institutions which have the ability to develop innovative solutions to today’s climate-change problems;
- introducing legislation to reduce the use of the motor car, such as restricting the number of cars owned by each household, unless they run on clean energy;
- phasing out coal-fired power generation, ending fossil fuel subsidies;
- introducing a carbon tax on those companies who continue to use fossil fuels;
- rebalancing the economy, so that the rich are not rewarded for irresponsible behaviour that adds to the carbon load;
- setting targets for meaningful reductions in carbon emissions by an early date, as suggested by Desmond Tutu in his petition (chapter 1) and ensuring that the calculations for this are correct;
- phasing out nuclear power and nuclear weapons worldwide and re-channelling the money saved into the incentive-schemes and investments mentioned above;
- proper funding of those institutions regulating the tax system, so that tax evasion and avoidance is properly penalised;
- shifting the tax system to penalise those activities which need to be discouraged, such as greenhouse gas emissions and the accumulation of wealth;
- banning certain household appliances and gadgets, which are not necessary and only add to the carbon load;
- establishing a new institution, which will monitor the use of fossil fuels by companies and promote, and provide support for, the use of greener forms of energy;
- encouraging less air travel, by raising awareness about the damage this is doing to the planet and encouraging airlines to invest instead in technologies that do not damage the planet;
- working globally with other partners to reduce deforestation;
- re-balancing international trading systems, so that goods and animals are not transported unnecessarily across continents and seas, adding to the carbon load;
- encouraging countries worldwide to be self-sufficient in terms of goods and resources, so that goods are not imported which can be produced internally;
- re-thinking and re-balancing entirely transnational trading systems;
- working globally to find a better means of international co-operation in working jointly to reduce and reverse that damage that is currently being done to the planet;
- encouraging partnerships between local government and local cooperatives and social enterprises;
- encouraging the setting up of local groups (3G groups), where individuals can meet together to share what they are doing to reduce their carbon emissions and to encourage each other to keep going with it, even if the majority of others are still in denial (3G stands for three generations – the amount of time we have left).
She continues: “Some of the ideas above are already being worked on, and others are not about changing the economic system but about reducing carbon emissions, but I hope these are a starting point for others to add to, if we are really serious about taking meaningful anti-climate-change measures before it is too late”.
“Three generations Left” can be ordered direct from the publishers, using this link. Whilst much of the book is viewable on this website, she would prefer you to buy a copy as any profits from the sale of this book will be used to fund her son’s work amongst slum children in Uganda. Last year was a difficult one for this project (Chrysalis Youth Empowerment Network), as due to the devaluation of the pound post-Brexit, monies sent from the UK to Uganda had lost a fifth of their value. Contact: ChristineEP21@gmail.com.