To cater for a more sustainable future, GRID-Arendal addresses the unspoken values of nature and social riches alongside financial capital. It is not one or the other, but it is about finding an integrated and balanced way to work with all three.
GRID-Arendal is giving attention to principles for a new and greener economy in its work on non-renewable natural resources.
A green economy also means bringing about greener jobs and more sustainable livelihoods. This is a key factor for a greener future in all countries and regions, whether urban or rural context.
GRID-Arendal is engaging in dialogue with educators, research, and business to develop insight as a basis for educational resources and explore practical applications for a green economy.
“With 2.5 billion people living on less than $2 a day and with more than two billion people being added to the global population by 2050, it is clear that we must continue to develop and grow our economies. But this development cannot come at the expense of the very life support systems on land, in the oceans or in our atmosphere that sustain our economies, and thus, the lives of each and everyone of us”
- Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director