So much has happened in the last couple of months (since I posted the message Spring Promise) that I have found it difficult to know how to comment. For a start, the political upheaval in the United Kingdom since the result of the referendum on our membership of the European Union has seen two party leaders depart and another under challenge. This is interesting because so many of those who said they voted to leave also claimed that they were seeking to slow down or even prevent changes that they blamed on European ‘interference’.
But Britain is not the only country experiencing a drift towards insularity and protests against what are seen as political elites who, it is claimed, are out of touch with the public mood. It seems to me that no individual leader or political party can possibly meet the disparate demands expressed so publicly via various streams of media, which have become so much more accessible since the advent of the internet.
It was with great pleasure that I saw that the opening of the Olympic Games in Rio featured the need for our environment to be cared for. If we all, as the collective human race, do not realise and embrace this message as a basis for progress any other political change, however popular it appears, will prove to be unsustainable. This is the reason I felt that I had to offer a potential new economic strategy in the paper ‘Accounting for sustainability’ to add to the other ideas contained within the pages on sustainability.
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