The global recession has brought new attention to chronic structural flaws in current economic models and assumptions. As economies struggle to recover, many are taking a closer look at the broad concept of a "Green Economy," one that simultaneously promotes sustainability and economic growth What would this type of economy look like, and how could we get there? WRI Managing Director Manish Bapna responds to some of the most commonly-asked questions:
Last week at the UN Convention on Biodiversity, the World Bank launched a new program that aims to put a value on a country’s ecosystems in the same way a country measures its national income and product accounts, or GNP and GDP.
GDP is no longer the gold standard for measuring a country’s progress.
Global economic recovery plans are green---but not yet green enough.
A new Policy Brief provides policymakers with a timely framework for maximizing economic, energy and climate-policy objectives.
As they respond to the worst economic crisis the Un
This chart assesses potential green-program impacts per $1 billion of U.S. government economic-recovery spending.
A Green Global Recovery? Assessing U.S. Economic Stimulus and Prospects for International Coordination
Well-tailored “green” components of a recovery effort can create jobs and stimulate the economy while achieving significant energy cost savings for businesses, consumers and the government.
The financial crisis is currently at the front and center of the national debate, but if we limit our focus to near-term fixes on the economy, we will just defer requisite action on climate.
p>The forest products sector holds an enormous stake in the coming economy defined by resource constraints, climate change policies, and shifting consumer values.