«BIO-ALTERNATIVE» — Network Movement for the Survival
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BIO-CORRELATED MODEL OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
I. CURRENT SITUATION (According to a Global Footprint Network data)
BIOLOGICAL BALANCE OF PLANET in 2008
More about Footprint Indicators see: Global Footprint Network Glossary
Restoration of Bio-Balance in the world – the most important global challenge.
The biosphere of our planet is not only a source of our resources, but first of all is the fundamental basis of life on the planet, without which the functioning of our social and economic system is impossible. Unfortunately, the current consumption of human resources exceeds at 1.5 times the possibility of planet to generate these resources. This adversely affects the ability of the biosphere to maintain acceptable conditions for human life on Earth.
THE ECOLOGICAL WEALTH OF NATIONS
(Map of Ecological Creditors and Debtors)
(See: GFN 2011 Annual Report «What happens when an infinite-growth economy runs into a finite planet?»)
II. OUR PROPOSALS FOR AN ALTERNATIV ECONOMIC MODEL
To restore the biological balance in the world, was developed a simple and efficient economic model, which allows financially encourage countries with excessive Biocapacity (Eco-Creditors), and impose financial burdens on the country with an excess of Ecological Footprint of consumption (Eco-Debtors).
Without limiting the level of current consumption of natural resources, Bio-Correlated Economic Model provides IMPLEMENTATION OF RENT/COMPENSATION MECHANISM for use of every hectare of Ecological Footprint of consumption in excess of Biocapacity of ecosystems of the country.
It’s enough to supplement the current system of United Nations System of National Accounts (UNSNA) with an Account of Biological Sustainability, which will keep the ratio between the indicators of BioCapacity and Ecologocal Footprint of the world, that is, constant monitoring and identification of biological «landlords» (Ecological Creditors) and «leaseholders» (Ecological Debtors) of the planet.
DETERMINATION OF THE VALUE OF RENT FOR THE ECOLOGICAL DEBTORS PER BIOPRODUCTIVE HECTAREAt an average price of $ 299 per tillable hectare in the United States during the 2005-2011 years, the price of $150 per bio-productive hectare, it seems more than reasonable.
Our proposal is to complement the United Nations System of National Accounts (UNSNA), with a new account of Biological Sustainability, which will keep a record of the ecological state of Nations and the environmental payments and income of the Debtors and Creditors.
Thus, the annual income from Ecological Debtors of the planet in the International Biologycal Fund (IBF) [some alternative to the IMF] would amount to $1012 billions. Annual payments to the Ecological Creditors from these funds will make $ 495 billions. Remaining at the disposal of IBF $ 516 billions will be spent on the regional environmental and demographic programs.
Only such a model of economic development, which penalizes excessive consumption of biological resources and encourages the growth of the bio-capacity, may be recognized as sustainable and eco-balanced. Any excuses and subterfuge that prevent the imposition of restrictions on the current economic model of unlimited growth, only exacerbate and accelerate the process of humanity’s rolling down in the final collapse of civilization.
For the preservation of the Biological Balance in the world, sole alternative to Bio-Correlated Economic Model can be only a reduction of the people number in the Ecological Debtor countries to a level at which the ecological footprint of the population will not exceed the biocapacity of the country ecosystems.
IT’S TIME TO MAKE A CHOICE OR PERISH
Translated from Russian by Google Translator
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