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Ensuring affordable, favourable and sustainable lifestyles for all

  • Published on October 5, 2022

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.

Such experiences have led us to accept that transformative change is, indeed, possible, but we need to be far more agile than we have ever been."



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