Less than one-quarter of the world's people, those who live in the developed countries of both West and East, consume 80 percent of the energy and metals and 85 percent of the paper used each year. Three countries, the United States, Germany and Japan, together produce more than half of the planet's economic output, while the 450 million people of sub-Saharan Africa share about the same amount as the 10 million who live in Belgium. [source FAO]
How can we find ways of sharing the environmental commons more equitably and ensure that everyone can consume a fair share of resources within the Earth’s limits?
Share The World’s Resources (STWR) is an independent civil society organisation campaigning for a fairer sharing of wealth, power and resources within and between nations. Through research and activities, they make a case for integrating the principle of ‘sharing’ as a solution to world affairs like hunger, poverty, climate change, environmental degradation, and conflict over the world’s natural resources.
STWR has published a primer that provides an overview of the ‘what, why and how’ of sharing the world’s resources. It argues that economic sharing is a universal principle that is naturally aligned with the pursuit of social and economic justice, environmental stewardship, global peace and true democracy.
STWR’s goal is to mobilise a diverse movement of global citizens who agree on the urgent need to reform the global economy so that wealth, power and resources are more equally shared, both within and between countries. Whether this will succeed depends on more inclusive governance at all levels, the democratisation of global institutions (including the United Nations), and a shift in power relations from North to South.
Also read our two blogs: Sharing leads to a better society and From income inequality to a fair and solidary society.
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