Ensuring affordable, favourable and sustainable lifestyles for all
Shuva Raha and Hemant Mallya are the authors of " Ensuring affordable, favourable and sustainable lifestyles for all", a background paper published in May as part of a collection supporting the scientific report Stockholm 50: Unlocking a Better Future.
In the text, the authors review and discuss the risks of running out of resources from a global perspective, as well as how socio-economic systems can lead to consumers mirroring the types and levels of consumption that developed economies have defined as the metrics of human well-being and the quality of life to which everyone should aspire.
"The last 50 years have seen many such disruptions, starting with the record doubling of the global population from ~3.7 billion in 1970 to ~7.8 billion in 2020 (Worldometer, n.d.), and its consequent impact on global resources. The Covid-19 pandemic brought the world to a halt in March 2020; two years since, it has infected 508 million people and taken more than 6.2 million lives (World Health Organization, 2022) – and has changed, forever, the way people live, work, travel and interact.