In the UN they just finalized The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, to “transform our world”.
Politicians are obviously caught up in self-defeating dynamics, in the outdated approaches to solving the problems humanity is facing.
No wonder 17 goals and 169 targets of the UN did not inspire me. They reinforced the impression that the world leaders don’t dare to pick on the wasp’s nest: the filthy rich who benefit from the status quo and the ardent guardians of the prevailing neo-liberal capitalistic model on which our global society is based. Finding the lowest denominator and staying within the framework of prevailing “sustainable development” discourse was the UN’s safest, diplomatic solution. But that’s also a royal road to disaster.
My proposed revisions are an attempt to show what could be improved and rephrased to better represent the real needs of the humanity and the planet that is our one and only home.
Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Proposed revision: End overabundance in all its forms everywhere
Purport: Behind poverty lies unrestricted concentration of riches in the hands of few. The ethics of modern society permit and even encourage the accumulation of material goods in blunt disregard for the poor. Poverty can’t be resolved without the majority of the wealth being redirected from the luxury of a few to the real needs of the many. The concept of abundance should be replaced with the concept of enoughness, which is biologically inherent in all living beings.