BARBARA WILLIAMS

UNITED KINGDOM

'I have been working as an environmental activist in the UK for two and a half years. I specialise in lobbying the UK government to consider a paradigm shift to degrowth, in recognition of global ecological overshoot and ecosystem collapse. My website is called Poems for Parliament.   I have written a book to inspire out-of-the-box thinking, it is free to download here.

 

I am funding friends in Kenya and Malawi to spread the word about the need for degrowth. I believe that our Declaration of Human Rights has misled us into thinking that we can exceed the ecological boundaries of our planet. This has resulted in decades of adherence to the growth paradigm.

 

To rectify this flaw, I am promoting a new concept of a UN Global Aspiration to return at least 50% of Earth's biocapacity for life-forms other than humanity. This concept, if ratified by the United Nations should inspire the global population to collaborate peacefully to use our free-choice and available capital to regenerate ecosystems and contract our population rapidly and voluntarily. 

 

I made a personal decision not to have children in the 1970s when the discussion about population issues was much more free than it is nowadays. I am 65 years old now.'

Here is an interview that Barbara gave recently:  'The Emotional Journey to Degrowth'