The present capitalism and neoliberal policy framework adopted by many countries paved the way for environmental, economic and social injustices resulting in humanitarian and ecological crises. Therefore, there is a need for a peaceful Sustainable Movement — bringing in a paradigm shift in thinking and politics. And in order to promote sustainable living, we must design systems thinking based procedures that intervene through workshops, community meetings, and civic engagement initiatives in multiple spaces. In addition, we need to devise a wellbeing policy framework incorporating systems thinking, empirical research, and a participatory approach for Sustainable Community Development.
The vision of the Greens is to make the Sustainable Movement a vehicle of transition from the current neoliberal integrated system based on the philosophy of capitalism to a wellbeing integrated 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 Sustainable 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 Human behaviour, educating people, contesting elections to bring the required change in the policies and the laws that affect Human, 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 (have internal mechanism) 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.
Multilevel Systems Mapping to visualize an Integrated System
Bring awareness about 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..
- Bring a change in human thinking and replace human-centric view with systems-centric view.
- Ensure a change in the essence of national culture (competitive to cooperative) along with a wellbeing based policy framework in the socio-political system.
- Reverse capitalism and neoliberalism that have led to the current situation of rising inequality, poverty, climate change, etc.
- 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 the Human System .
- 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 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.
The Sustainable Movement is based on interrelationship between Social and Political spheres, which are highly intertwined components; so combined socio-political system gives us a better understanding of how the development can happen through the work of civil society such as NGOs, activists, responsible citizens, and reformer groups; and in conjunction with the facilitative work of the local government for developing sustainable communities. The Sustainable Movement, therefore, aims for Change in Thinking and Change in Politics, so we achieve our vision through a new paradigm combining Systems Thinking, Evidence-Based Policymaking, and Participatory Democracy.
- Bring a change in the political sphere.
- Mitigate the deeply ingrained factors in the social sphere such as prejudice and beliefs.
- We must take steps to change the Socio-Political system since it is the primary cause of the crisis in the Human and Ecological systems.
This System deals with how an individual behaves and how the couple of individuals interact and form relationships to live as a family; and how their wisdom, education, health, beliefs, and livelihood have been modulated by family and Socio-Political system dynamics.
- 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 the discourse on healthy love and unhealthy relationships which sometimes lead 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.
- Increase awareness about the individual responsibility for protecting flora and fauna in the community.
This System deals with the interaction between the Social sphere and the Political sphere. Where Society & Politics are intertwined spheres, so one influences the other. In this context, the group of individuals interacts and forms as an organization or as a community, so they behave in accordance with the dynamic interactions between the National Culture & Policymaking framework.
- Motivate responsible citizens; especially Women, LGBTIQA+ community people 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. And work towards the equitable distribution of natural resources to ensure inclusive growth
- Protect marginalised people and labour through a respectable minimum wage for living.
- Ensure that everyone has access to affordable and effective health care, and also to quality and affordable education.
- Foster critical and creative thinking about social, ecological, economic, and political issues. Consequently, have legislation to implement the inclusion of liberal arts, performing arts and crafts in education.
- Ensure serious environmental impact assessment of all industries old and new
- 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, secularism , solidarity, and diversity through performing arts and literature.
- Adopting simple living, decarbonised lifestyle, and frugal consumption; And restrict urbanisation and concretisation of communities.
- Community-wide, establishment of seed banks, nurseries, and kitchen gardens in homes, educational institutions, government agencies, and other organisations.
This system deals with how the organizations and communities impact the environment around them. Whether that impact will result in sustainable development or ecological crises depends on the dynamics (National Culture & Policy Framework) of the Socio-Political System.
- Increase awareness about science and 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 in 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.
- As Greens, we are committed to implementing a wellbeing system policy framework to begin the Green Transition – this can be done through Sustainable, Resilient, Regenerative Communities – and therefore we adopt a Systems Thinking, Evidence-based Policy making and Participatory Democracy for safeguarding Nature and People’s rights.
- Theoretical and philosophical basis of “Sustainable Movement” https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DMnfjEUVNOKOtq0GF9tfEYMS3iyqK8dHr4ZMeWngk_c/edit
- 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.