"Trabalhar menos para salvar o Planeta"

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"Trabalhar menos para salvar o Planeta"

Mensagem por Torgal » segunda set 02, 2019 5:38 am

Felizmente que a imprensa dita de referência vai pouco a pouco assimilando resultados de recentes estudos como alguns daqueles referidos abaixo, como sucedeu com o artigo publicado na secção de economia do Expresso com o título supra ou a tese de doutoramento que lá se mencionou que uma investigadora Portuguesa está em vias de concluir na universidade de Utrecht (a melhor univ. da Holanda de acordo com o ranking Shanghai) a qual disse ao Expresso que "limitar salários é uma forma de reduzir desigualdades, de reduzir o consumo insustentável e a especulação e de repensar a sociedade e o seu modelo de organização".

Portanto se os países campeões do crescimento económico são inimigos do Planeta e se os super-ricos também o são enquanto consumidores insustentáveis (e tóxicos para a democracia) já só falta começar a explicar isso às criancinhas na escolinha para antes cedo do que tarde se possa mudar "a sociedade e o seu modelo de organização". Já os super-ricos esses por enquanto podem continuar a dar largas à sua mais recente obsessão
https://nypost.com/2018/09/06/apocalyps ... w-zealand/

De: F. Pacheco Torgal
Enviado: 23 de julho de 2019 07:20
Assunto: Paper___Rich countries must abandon growth objectives

Abstract: ...the additional biophysical pressure that this entails at a global level requires that rich nations dramatically reduce their biophysical footprints by 40–50%...studies suggest that this degree of reduction is unlikely to be achieved solely through efforts to decouple GDP growth from environmental impact, even under highly optimistic conditions. Therefore, for rich nations to fit within the boundaries of the safe and just space will require that they abandon growth as a policy objective

Paper in attachment by a senior lecturer at the University of London. He´s also the author of the book "The Divide" https://www.jasonhickel.org/#/the-divide/

De: F. Pacheco Torgal
Enviado: 24 de Abril de 2019 19:16
Assunto: Elsevier paper___what is the level of wealth above which 100% taxation is justified

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/a ... 0918314836
Following the emails below see in the link above a recent paper authored by researchers from Denmark and Sweden

De: F. Pacheco Torgal
Enviado: 7 de Outubro de 2018 7:06
Assunto: Elsevier 2018___The need to force the wellbeing of rich to "decline rapidly"

Below short text taken from a paper just published on the jornal Futures entitled "Challenges for the degrowth transition: the debate about wellbeing" authored by researchers of Leeds and also of Lund Universities that raises an important question that was also raised 10 years ago by Martin Desvaux, email below.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/a ... 8718300715

“The dialogue between rich and poor people globally is necessary because of their different relations to degrowth – the incomes and material living standards of groups across the world whose basic needs are not currently being met would need to be allowed to rise in the future until their basic needs are met whilst those of the rich will need to decline rapidly”

De: F. Pacheco Torgal
Enviado: 23 de Janeiro de 2018 20:10
Assunto: How many people can live on Earth?

10 years ago the physicist Martin Desvaux deliver a talk to the Royal Society of Statisticians that he later turn into a paper published in "Significance", a journal of the Royal Statistical Society. The title of the paper is "The sustainability of human populations: How many people can live on Earth?" in the end of it we wrote:

“It is not sufficient to try to apply technology to solve the, affluence term in the Commoner-Ehrlich equation. Humans will not willingly sacrifice much of their comfortable lifestyles for the greater good (especially for people in other countries) unless it is taken from them...”

Although very pessimistic this narrative has many advantages, the more important concerns the fact that it points the finger to everyone of us. And only in the moment that we were able to realize that technology will not bring miracle solutions that´s the moment that each one has to do is own part to solve this paramount problem. Higher education has a strong responsability on this context not only by teaching about self-responsability but also about the ethical importance of moderate consumption patterns. Of course Governments in Western countries have also major responsabilities in sending the rigth signals to certain industries. And they should already been after the auto racing industry the same way that they do with the tobacco industry. Not so much because of their associated emissions but mostly because it is an unwarrantable industry that embodies the "confortable lifestyles" and all the wrong values that Western countries live by.