The World Future Council has released an emergency policy agenda on the eve of World Environment Day, which is today – June 5.
The 24-point policy action plan, “Saving our Shared Future: Best Policies to Regenerate our World,” is the result of more than five years of work by a number of experts, council director Alexandra Wandel told IPS. It is composed of what the council calls some of the “best and most effective laws and policies” around the world, identified through research.
The action plan touches on several areas, such as renewable energy transition, financial regulation and governance. Its aim is to mobilize policies that would “safeguard human development and a healthy planet.” Some of the proposed policies are:
- Follow New Zealand’s lead and ban nuclear weapons “in a phased, verifiable and irreversible manner.”
- Implement feed-in tariffs, or policy mechanisms that can advance renewable energy, which are currently enforced in more than 60 countries.
- Make the “Top Runner” policy banning the least efficient products legally binding. This is currently implemented in Japan.
- Shift taxes gradually from labor to resources. This “green tax shift” was first introduced in Sweden.
The council aims to raise awareness on the crises afflicting the world today, and mobilize support behind the policy agenda. It proposes a five-year, global public education campaign — estimated to cost less than $100 million — with the aim of reaching the public as well as policymakers.