Scientists call for ecological, sustainable and participative economy

G20 Summit 2017

A key area in terms of transitioning towards a fundamentally fair and cooperative interaction with our co-world is the financial industry:

  • Public banks should cease to accept as minimum reserves financial products that are damaging to people or our co-world.
  • Central banks should cease to accept as minimum reserves financial products that are damaging to people or our co-world.
  • All commercial banks should submit verifiable information on sustainability standards for their own business and the financial products they offer.
  • Approval of new financial products should be subject to compliance with Sustainable Development Goals based on the Agenda 2030.
  • An independent, publicly inspected rating agency (sustainability “control board”) should be set up for financial products.
  • Speculation on foodstuffs should be restricted to genuine hedging transactions for food-producing companies.

Furthermore, we demand that labour and income are decoupled. An unconditional basic income of the same amount for men and women is necessary. Additionally, “houses of self-work” need to be established. Not until then we will value our own abilities in the same way as paid dependant labour. It means progress when everybody can enjoy more freedom and self-determination in their work.

 

Last but not least, as the US economist Kenneth E. Boulding wrote, “Anyone who believes in indefinite growth in anything physical, on a physically finite planet, is either mad or an economist.”

 

IV. This statement was drafted on 2 May and last amended on 31 May. It is based on individual, subject-specific statements by environmentally conscious members of the scientific community. The authors of the individual sections are united by a common recognition of the urgent necessity for modernising. Although, agreement with all the demands presented herein is not a prerequisite.

 

Initial signatories: Dr. Irene Schöne, Kiel; Prof. Dr. Harald Bolsinger, Würzburg (for the section on the financial industry); Prof. Dr. Johannes Hoffmann, Kelkheim; Prof. Dr. Volker Stahlmann, Ottensoos

 


Additional signatories:
Prof. Dr. Antonio Autiero, Münster; Bernd Ahlers, Berlin; Helmut Alber, Stuttgart; Bettina-Maria Avdulah, Berlin; Hayder Abbas Alhawani, Berlin; Gerd Aschmann, München; Dr. Constanze Adolf, Brüssel/BelgiUM; Dr. Enno Aufderheide, Bonn; Dipl.-Ing. Arch. Nicole Allé, Berlin; Thomas Andersen, Berlin; Monika von Brandt, Mannheim; Prof. Dr. Benezet Bujo, Fribourg/Switzerland Dr. Joachim Braun, Berlin; Dr. Christian Breyer, Lappeenranta/Finland; Prof. Dr. Klaus Bade, Berlin; Dr. Mariana Bozesan, München; Prof. Dr. Peter Brandt, Hagen; Olga Borobio, Berlin; Georg Brakmann, Waiblingen; Rainer Burchardt, Mözen; Sibyle Bauried, Berlin; Tilo Braune, Bonn; Dr. Norbert Blüm, Bonn; Ing. Mag. Paul Chaloupka, Dübendorf/Switzerland; Maren Charlet, Kelsterbach; Prof. Dr. John D’Arcy May, Melbourne/Australia; Rainer Diehl, Worms; Jürgen DeGraeve, Manching; Prof. Dr. Michael Düren, Gießen; Thomas Deinlein, Nürnberg; Günter Dören, Höxter; Petra Ernstberger, Hof-Marktredwitz; Alexander Ebel, Berlin; Dieter Ernst, Berlin; Fahime Farsaie, Köln; Peter Finke, Bielefeld; Manuel Flach, Ludwigsburg; Claudia Friedrich, Stuttgart; Jürgen Feist, Beckum; Agnes Feist, Beckum; Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Gantke, Frankfurt; Gerhard Gulner, Berlin; Dr. Lothar Gündling, Porto/Portugal; Dr. Keivandokht Ghahari, Köln; Thomas Gschwend, Oberriet/Switzerland; Dr. Henner Gladen, Erlangen; Matthias Giegerich, Frankfurt; Roland Geiger, Kiel; Rüdiger Glodde, Berlin; Dr. Wolf Grabendorff, Quito/Ecuador; Prof. Dr. Heinz Häberle, Herrsching; Prof. Dr. Andreas Häberle, Rapperswil/Switzerland; Dr. Gerhard Hofmann, Berlin; Ed van Hinte, Den Haag/Netherlands; Prof. Dr. Bernd Hirschl, Berlin; Walter Hofmann, Dachsberg-Wilfingen; Dieter Holm, Hartbeespoort/South Africa; Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hempel, Gaggenau; Doris Holler-Bruckner, Orth/Austria; Rainer Hachfeld, Berlin; Dr. Gerd Harms, Potsdam; Dr. Winfried Hoffmann, Hanau; Hildegard Hofmann, Nürnberg; Franz Hantmann, Münster; Uwe Hupach, Köln; Beate Hänska, Berlin; Maria Hoffmann, Kelkheim; Dr. Jürgen Haselberger, Cuxhaven; Ernst Haile, Ingolstadt; Hartmut Idzko, Berlin; Dr. Alla Ahmed Juma, Köln; Frank Jedanowski, Drensteinfurt; Severino Jallas, Bad Neuenahr; Stefan Klinkenberg, Berlin; Prof. Dr. Andreas Knie, Berlin; Heidrun Kessler, Werther; Prof. Dr. Hans Kessler, Werther; Dr. Gerhard Knies, Hamburg; Alfons Kuhles, Meiersberg; Thorsten Kodalle, Bielefeld; Dieter Klein, Bad Schwalbach; Ute Koczy, Lemgo; Lorenz Knauer, München; Roger Kutschki, Berlin; Jutta Kleymann, München; Nana Karlstetter, Berlin; Josef Kastner, Wien/Austria; Dr. Erwin Knapek, Oberhaching; Gisela Lerch, Berlin;
Ernest Lang, München; Joachim Lund, Berlin; Sigrid Latka-Jöhring, Bonn; Eric Langenskiöld, Zürich/Switzerland; Alois Leibrecht, Pflaumdorf; Dipl. Kfm. Fritz Lietsch, München; Dr. Lutz Mez, Berlin; Thomas Matussek, Berlin; Ursula Meiß, Herne; Donald Müller-Judex, Inning; Monika Meerwald, Berlin; Ewa Nitsch, München; Dr. Knut Nevermann, Berlin; Veronika Neukum-Hofmann, Berlin; Robert Nünning, Münster; Prof. Dr. Haruko Okano, Toko/Japan; Andreas Oberdorfer, Oberriexingen; Hartmut Palmer, Bonn; Prof. Dr. Dieter Puchta, Berlin; Uta Petersen, Berlin; Dmitri Pogorzhelski, Berlin; Ewald Pankratz, Waldshut-Tiengen; Wilfried Rähse, Hamburg; Klaus Rollenhagen, Berlin; Ralf Ruszynski, Berlin; Dr. Klaus Hermann Ringwald, Brunei; Dr. Helmut Röscheisen, Köln; Wilfried Rähse, Hamburg; Christopf Richter, Almeria/Spain; Prof. Dr. Ortwin Renn, Berlin; Prof. Dr. Michael Rosenberger, Linz/Austria; Hardy Rehmann, Sinzig; Dr.-Ing. Stefan Rinck, Kahl; Werner Rehm, Berlin; Marcella Rehm, Berlin; Sebastian Schönauer, Bund Naturschutz Bayern, Regensburg; Prof. Dr. Heribert Schmitz, Goldbach; Prof. Dr. Gerhard Scherhorn, Mannheim; Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schroeder, Kassel; Dr. Hyunju Shin, Seoul/South Korea; Prof. Dr. Franz Segbers, Marburg; Prof. Dr. Franz-Josef Stendebach, Hünfeld; Rainer Schubert, Hamburg; Prof. Dr. Robert Schlögl, Berlin; Rosi Schusser, Berlin; Franz Schäufele, Lenningen; Norbert Spielmann, Kreuzwertheim; Brigitta Schmidt, Bad Neuenahr; Tina Stadlmayer, London/Great Britain; Manfred Schweda, Casablanca/Morocco; Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schroeder, Kassel; Prof. Dr. Robert Schlögl, Berlin; Martina Schmöllebeck, Nürnberg; Dr. Jean-Marc Suter, Bern/Switzerland; Martin Schmuck, Mönchengladbach; Heiner Schröder, Sottrum; Rainer Schubert, Hamburg; Dr. Eberhard Schürmann, Hamburg ; Prof. Dr. Armin Schneider, Koblenz; Michael Thalhammer, Wien/Austria; Lorenz Töpperwien, Köln; Walter Tauber, Grünendeich; Rolf Uhlig, Münster; Umwelt-Akademie e.V., München; Marcus Vietzke, Berlin; David Volbracht, Münster; Prof. Dr. Paul Velsinger, Dortmund; Stefan Vögtli, Lupsingen/Switzerland; Prof. Dr. Edward O. Wilson, Cambridge/USA; Dieter Walch, Nieder-Olm; Matthias Wiegel, Berlin; Dr. Mathias Wehkamp, Varel; Benjamin Wagner vom Berg, Bremerhaven; Peter Wittke, Kösching; Stephan Wiehler, Berlin; Wolfgang Weigel, Saarbrücken; Rainer Weghake, Ahlen; Andreas Wischnat, Dubai; Amelia Zinke, München; Gerhard Zander, Nürnberg;

 

 

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