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British Wildlife 35.2 November 2023

Comment: How to build the sustainable economy

As our current economic system has led us to the point where numerous planetary boundaries are exceeded, Dieter Helm explores the question: what would a truly sustainable economy look like?

Very few think that the economy is on a sustainable path. The level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere keeps on going upwards, at two parts per million every year since 1990, and although there are occasional successes in reintroducing species such as Red Kites Milvus milvus and Beavers Castor fiber, and some land is being protected for nature, the story on biodiversity remains grim.

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