Transcending capitalism growth strategies for biodiversity conservation
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AuthorsMoranta, J. (Joan); Torres, Cati; Murray, Ivan; Hidalgo, M. (Manuel); Hinz, H. (Hilmar); Gouraguine, A. (Adam)
The search of unlimited economic growth to fuel capitalism's metabolism has profoundly transformed a large portion of the Earth. The derived environmental destruction has led to a biodiversity loss at an unprecedented rate. Following the large-scale losses of habitats and species, it was recognized that biodiversity is crucial in maintaining ecosystems. Since the 1970s a global sustainability agenda was set to develop different types of sustainable development (SD) related milestones, including Green-Blue Economic Growth which despite not specifically addressing the biodiversity issues served to reinforce the idea that economic development based on profit is compatible with our planet's ecology. Only after biodiversity literature became mainstream in the early 2000s a global biodiversity agenda was implemented. The agenda highlights biodiversity conservation as a major international challenge and finally recognizes that the main drivers for biodiversity loss derive from economic activities. ...
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