Ten drivers damaging the living world
The following drivers of unsustainability identified by recent ACF commissioned research were found to be strongly interconnected and mutually reinforcing:
- The dominant world paradigm of free markets, individualism and technological progress.
- Undervaluing of the natural world and increasing disconnection from nature.
- Endless pursuit of economic growth through unrestrained free markets.
- Corporate marketing and associated overconsumption.
- Social tendencies to discount risks that don’t seem immediate and reject risks that seem overwhelming, and the psychological desire to conform.
- Media that tend to reflect and reinforce established power structures.
- Persistent human population growth.
- Technological advances that amplify human impact on the natural world.
- Government and market institutions that ignore environmental degradation.
- Limited access to environmental justice within the legal system.