2 June 2012
The UN Environment Programme defines the Green Economy as one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. In its simplest expression, a green economy can be thought of as one which is low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive.
Practically speaking, a Green Economy is one whose growth in income and employment is driven by public and private investments that reduce carbon emissions and pollution, enhance energy and resource efficiency, and prevent the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services. These investments need to be catalyzed and supported by targeted public expenditure, policy reforms and regulation changes.
As the Green Economy is about social equity and inclusiveness then it includes everyone! The challenge for each of us therefore is to find out more about the Green Economy and assess whether, in our country, we are being included in it.
To learn more about the Green Economy bookmark the World Environment Day website, where the concept of what the Green Economy and what it means to you will be explained ahead of World Environment Day. Visit the What is the Green Economy? page to read a layman’s explanation of the concept.
The Green Economy will also be a major theme at the UN Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development later this month.