Civil Society Leads – In Short
The failure to implement the ambitions of the Paris Agreement lead to a widespread lack of confidence in international processes and organisations, the EU and its Member State governments to tackle major long-term issues. Instead, civil society, NGOs and businesses take the lead in developing a low-carbon, resource efficient economy in Europe.
GDP is no longer the measure of progress. Instead, health, happiness and an individual’s ecological rucksack are among the aspects measured. In Civil Society Leads growing concerns about other aspects of wellbeing, including time-use, quality of goods and environmental compatibility are important. Whilst other countries continue to pursue economic growth above all else, the EU’s economy is reflective of its values and has become famous for its ‘Beyond GDP’ approach.
In 2050 most people engage in a combination of formal and informal employment. Their formal working hours are reduced and replaced with informal work that for example support a strong informal healthcare system, provide for community-based childcare, support informal bartering and skills exchange initiatives, and allow time to develop local food production in smallholdings. Power generation is a mix of centralised and decentralised approaches, whilst public and ‘active’ transport (e.g. walking and cycling) become predominant for short-distance travel. Buildings are built using modular construction, allowing for easy repair, rebuilding and rearranging. Product supply chains (including for food) are small, with local suppliers preferred.