Wealth, Food Security and the Doughnut Economy

In a week that included the Women’s March, the Davos conference, the issue of feeding our current and future population and the news that “It’s Boom times for Billionaires” I feel the need to connect the dots.

This week a report from Oxfam was published that stated;

“…82 percent of the global wealth produced last year went to the richest 1 percent of the world’s population. In other words, four out of every five dollars of wealth created in 2017 went into the pockets of the 1 percent.”

This report also found;

“Women are in the worst work, and almost all the super-rich are men. Governments must create a more equal society by prioritizing ordinary workers and small-scale food producers instead of the rich and powerful.”

As the leader of the Green Party of Alberta I have been championing empowering women in all areas of our lives. #Metoo stands for more than just our sexual harassment stories but our economic stories as well.

But our goals and policies are only as good as how well they can to be implemented. This is why I have been championing the Doughnut Economic model put forth by Kate Raworth. I shall quote from an article guiding businesses towards this economic model;

“Its worldwide goal is to ensure that no-one is left in the central hole, falling short on life’s essentials, while simultaneously ensuring that human activity doesn’t overshoot the outer crust by putting too much pressure on Earth’s life-supporting systems. In other words, the aim is to meet the needs of all within the means of the planet.”

It will take not only our aspirations but our implementation to address these interconnected problems. It will take a new economy that respects our rights as human beings, our rights to food security, our rights to share the wealth and our planet’s health.

Romy Tittel

Leader

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