Tackling the environmental crisis has a crucial economic dimension too. Dominic Ryan speaks to Dr Katherine Trebeck of the Wellbeing Economy Alliance, a collective which is dedicated to ‘delivering social justice on a healthy planet’ They sound like a revolutionary band and The Amplifiers are certainly rocking all over the world, with a message set to volume 11: let’s transform the economic system into one that delivers human and ecological wellbeing. They’re part of the Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WEAll), a collective of organisations, alliances, movements and academics, and a lead vocal is Dr Katherine Trebeck. “The wellbeing economy is an agenda that, at its most basic, is about pursuing social justice on a healthy planet,” says Dr Trebeck. “It comes from a recognition that, if we don’t transform how the economy operates – who wins, who loses out of the economic system, how we price things, what we incentivise, how businesses operate, how we build our infrastructure – we won’t have a chance of delivering that goal: social justice on a healthy planet.” At the heart of the wellbeing economy are issues of environmental protection and social justice and Dr Trebeck feels much of our environmental breakdown has social injustice at its root cause: with huge levels of inequality driving huge amounts of consumption and hence emissions, especially by the very wealthy.
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