W H A T I S R E D G R O W T H ?
HANDOVER CEREMONY - Alberto Laplaine Guimarães is presented with a gift of maritime art from the children of Burgas and Ruska Boyadzhieva. Alberto is the Secretary General of Lisbon City Council and Ruska the Deputy Mayor of Burgas, Bulgaria. Bulgaria reinforced their commitment to blue growth in a ministerial statement to conclude this superb event for which the City of Burgas should be rightly proud. Copyright © photograph June 1 2018 Cleaner Ocean Foundation.
Red Growth is the opposite of all things sustainable. Borrowing to increase national debts, mass production and exploitation of planet earth, leading to the extinction of species, if not contained. This also includes the development of nuclear and other weapons of war. For some reason, the warmongering element appears to apply to communist regimes, whereas mass production using fossil fuels to fire factories was begun in the United States, then spreading to China and India. As a kind of commercial cold war. To put it simply, the red economy is a linear business model of taking resources and producing waste.
UNEP REPORT OCTOBER 2021 - Plastic pollution in our oceans is set to double by 2030, with recycling not enough (we told you so) and global cooperation needed (we told you so again). Don't let the politician spin doctors protract enacting a solution any longer. If shoppers were to boycott plastic wrapped products, apart from the fact they may starve, supermarket suppliers would be forced to switch to paper, glass and metal packaging - or face bankruptcy. The fact politicians allow them to continue as they are tells us that it is the policy makers who are to blame. And, they like it as it is, lots of money for them, backhanders (dividends) or not, taxes as income from plastic products is akin to procurement fraud - for any government involved.
WHAT IS THE RED ECONOMY?
The red economy is about mass production and mass consumption, it is derived from Fordism, which was named after Henry Ford who operated as though environmental resources were unlimited. This economic model is focused on reducing production costs by employing a linear business model of extracting resources and producing waste. It is hostile to both social and environmental concerns making it an unsustainable economic system. The red economy squeezes workers and commoditization drives down margins and profits.
ENEMY OF RED GROWTH
At the moment the common enemies of red growth are the renewables, clean energy markets, and green environmentally friendly policies, plus the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and of course the UN's Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs). Politicians may still be sitting on the fence, with one hand in the pockets of traditional energy companies, but the winds of change now firmly favour ditching those Red Flags to progress.
In addition, we now have the minimum wage in most developed countries. And robotics is cutting the cost of manufacturing, that provided the factories operate on renewable energy, is an advantage. The problem being a skills shortage, where manual jobs are giving way to technicians.
RED GROWTH STRATEGY
The Red Growth strategy has and always will be to exploit every nook and cranny on planet earth, taking the world to the brink of extinction.
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