The economy should be about what we can afford. Financially, but also ecologically and socially. The Earth’s limitations should not be exceeded. Everyone has the right to a fair share –particularly vulnerable groups: people in need of care or living in poor countries, and animals that inhabit the earth alongside us. The continued economic growth is an illusion in a world of finite resources and limited carrying capacity of ecosystems. Still, most governments seem to have blind faith in economic growth. Citizens are mainly regarded as consumers, animals as commodities or consumer products.
A growing economy does not necessarily guarantee a healthy society or happy citizens. Not prosperity, but welfare should be the compass for cooperation. A pleasant living environment, clean air, and healthy nature should be taken into account as a positive contribution to our prosperity and wellbeing. On the other hand, activities that harm the environment, public health or animal welfare, such as the livestock industry, coal-fired power stations and gas extraction, should count as a negative contribution. Unfortunately in our current system, it is the other way around.
Therefore, in order to determine and guide their policies, governments should use indicators that give direction to a sustainable and socially inclusive economy. Its focus should be on biodiversity, animal welfare, livelihood security, and a clean and safe living environment.
- 14 January 2020 Esther’s blog: the all-important decade - what will you do?
- 26 November 2019 Esther’s Blog: Worldwide attention for nature and animal rights
- 12 November 2019 Dutch Party for the Animals leads battle against CETA treaty
- 5 November 2019 Esther’s Blog: The fight for emancipation continues
- 15 October 2019 EU Climate Commissioner-designate denies ecological need for reduction in livestock
- 3 September 2019 Dutch and Portuguese parties for animals organise world conference to address eco-crisis
- 31 May 2019 Mega loans to Ukrainian factory-farm MHP halted by The Netherlands
- 21 May 2019 Marianne's Blog: “May we have your votes, please?”
- 11 December 2018 Party for the Animals: Dutch trade policy should not obstruct circular agriculture
- 12 July 2018 Parliamentary questions Dutch Party for the Animals about expansion Ukrainian factory farming