The present capitalism and neoliberal policy framework adopted by many countries paved the way for ecological and social injustices resulting in socio-political and ecological crises. Therefore, we need to design a system thinking procedure to intervene through workshops, community and household meet-ups, and civic engagement programmes in different spaces for fostering sustainable living. Also, there is a need for a peaceful sustainable movement — bringing in a paradigm shift in thinking and politics.
The vision of the Greens is to make the Sustainable Movement a vehicle of transition from the current neoliberal system based on the philosophy of capitalism to a wellbeing system based on the principles of sustainable development goals (SDGs) — Green Transition in other words.
The objective of the Greens through Sustainable Movement is to encourage responsible citizens to contest in elections to bring a change from within the political sphere regarding the policies and laws that affect the human, socio-political and ecological systems. It also aims at resolving the deeply ingrained prejudices and beliefs in society due to conditioning of people by traditions/cultural values, etc. Therefore, there will be two components to this Movement, such as political and social, which are intertwined and are needed for a Green transition to happen in India. The purpose of the Sustainable Movement is to raise our voice about issues related to the rights of nature and people, injustice, discrimination, and real development. Showing our opposition in the form of protests and civil disobedience, etc, is only one side of it. Another side is about solving the issues faced by nature/people on our planet. This can be achieved by not only raising our voice, but also by trying to change behaviour, educating people, contesting elections to bring the required change in the policies and the laws that affect socio-political and ecological systems.
The Greens are of the view that a Green Transition is a process of change from a neoliberal system to a well-being system. It is not limited to the industrial and economic policy change — from fossil fuels to renewable energy resources. Therefore, the action plan is needed for replacing the broken neoliberal system with a wellbeing-system, an evidence-based system. We can say that policy framework (cause) plays one of the major roles in how humans behave in the society (effect), but another thing is that humans who are more predisposed (innate capacity) towards neoliberalism factors (cause) will eventually create these so-called policies in the country (effect). Therefore, the Greens will –
- Implement the party’s programmes strategically under Sustainable Movement.
- Design a system thinking procedure to intervene through workshops; community and household meet-ups; and civic engagement programmes in different spaces for fostering sustainable living.
- Inculcate systems thinking into the whole discourse of Green Transition, showing the big picture of how an ecological system impacts a socio-political system, and how a socio-political system impacts a human system, and how a human system can have an irreversible impact on the ecological system and a damaging impact on the socio-political system.
- Reverse capitalism and neoliberalism that have led to the current situation of rising inequality, poverty, climate change, etc.
- Bring a holistic approach in bringing a change in the socio-political and ecological systems.
- Bring a change in human thinking and replace Human-centric with Systems-centric view.
- Ensure a change in the essence of national culture (competitive to cooperative) and policy framework in the socio-political system, and the grassroots level human behaviour in the human system.
- Ensure a trade-off between the factors of the neoliberal system and the wellbeing system to have a wellbeing-based system accompanied by thinking and behavioural change in society.
- Discourage the trends that are leading to rising inequality of income, wealth, and opportunities.
- Discourage polarisation among the people that leads to discrimination, joblessness and unsustainable growth of market economy.
- Discourage the trends that increase populism and degradation of democracy.
- Discourage the trends that increase industrialisation and consumer-based products leading to climate emergency.
- Bring a change in the political sphere.
- Mitigate the deeply ingrained factors in the social sphere such as prejudice and beliefs.
- Take steps forward to change the system.
- Aim for individual rights along with collectivistic values and encouraging cooperation rather than competition.
- Resolve the modern dilemma of career versus passion, which arises due to the impossibility of work-life balance in the present world.
- Initiate discourse on healthy love and unhealthy relationships sometimes leading to domination and violence.
- Aspire for the wellbeing, especially through mental and physical health rather than purely economic and materialistic gains.
- Encourage scientific curiosity, artistic endeavours, and systems thinking among students rather than competitiveness accompanied by standardised testing.
- Acknowledge the value of care work — paid or unpaid and mostly done by women — in the households and in agricultural activities.
- Emphasise the role of individuals in communal harmony and community wellbeing.
- Motivate responsible citizens, especially women and young people, to contest in the elections at various levels including Panchayat, Assembly, and Parliament.
- Work towards abolition of orthodoxy and discrimination due to religion, caste, ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientations, geographic region, etc.
- Ensure that ecological justice is aligned with economic justice and social justice, particularly for poor and marginalised people.
- Protect marginalised people and labour through a respectable minimum wage for living.
- Ensure affordable & efficient healthcare and also quality & affordable education for all the people.
- Foster critical thinking about social, ecological, economic, and political issues.
- Replace shareholder’s value maximisation (investors) with stakeholder’s value creation (employees, customers, suppliers, community, and investors) policy in the organisations for sustainability.
- Promote pluralism, solidarity, and diversity through performing arts and literature.
- Adopting simple living, decarbonised lifestyle, and frugal consumption; And restrict urbanisation and concretisation of communities.
- Increase awareness about science & technology research to foster Green innovations in various research fields to mitigate climate change.
- Encourage sustainable entrepreneurial and business ventures; especially workers cooperatives; to deal with social and ecological problems we face in the community.
- Emphasise on a circular and community-based economy for having resilient and regenerative communities.
- Increase local supply chain rather than the global supply chain to reduce the ecological footprint, and also to create sustainable green jobs at the community level.
- Foster evidence-based policymaking and sustainability research in different sectors like agriculture, education, industry, health, infrastructure, startup ecosystem, etc.
- Promote participatory democracy through civic engagement groups and citizens’ assemblies, at gram panchayat and urban municipality wards to safeguard commons and biodiversity.
- Increase greenery and sanitation; Eliminate Non-biodegradable waste: and Conserve health of agricultural soil.
- Protect indigenous people and their rights on natural resources (eg: forest) in the tribal habitats.
- Implement renewable energy generation systems for the requirements of the community.
- Restrict the overshoot in the planetary boundaries (Stratospheric ozone depletion, Loss of biosphere integrity, chemical pollution, climate change, ocean acidification, fresh water consumption, deforestation and land use change, pollution of the atmosphere, and change in nitrogen and phosphorus cycle) within the limits of earth’s safe operating space.
- Implement the wellbeing system policy proposal to initiate the Green Transition; this would be possible through establishing Sustainable, Resilient, Regenerative Communities; Therefore, adopting a Systems thinking/ holistic approach for safeguarding the rights of Nature & People.
- Sustainable Development goals https://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/sustainable-development-.htmlgoals
- European commission green transition https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/fs_20_281
- The new political story that could change everything- George monbiot: https://youtu.be/xDKth-qS8Jk
- System dynamics: https://systemdynamics.org/what-is-system-dynamics/
- Multilevel systems mapping / Integrated systems view: https://www.systemsinnovation.io/post/multi-level-mapping-canvas?postId=60009646a2ab0000175821d7
- Circular Economy: https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/
- Community-based economy and Kate Rawoth’s doughnut economics: https://doughnuteconomics.org/
- Local supply chain and commons- Elinor Ostrom ( Nobel prize winner in economics): https://www.newlocal.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Think-Big-Act-Small_.pdf
- International Cooperative Alliance: https://www.ica.coop/en
- Nine Planetary Boundaries: https://www.stockholmresilience.org/research/planetary-boundaries/planetary-boundaries/about-the-research/the-nine-planetary-boundaries.html
- US Democratic party’s Green new deal: https://www.congress.gov/116/bills/hres109/BILLS-116hres109ih.pdf
- Wellbeing Economy Alliance: https://wellbeingeconomy.org/
- Sustainable Entrepreneurship European Commission report: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/project-result-content/caafdd1f-5816-49df-b447-0b77b77d8d30/BuchSust2016_TT%20English.pdf
- Global Green Charter 2017: https://www.globalgreens.org/globalcharter
–Policy contributor: Akarsh Sriramoju.