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1.4 Transition Scenarios

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There is no doubt that this strategy deserves great respect: anyone who could, within free ethical and cultural choices, reduce drastically the actual demand for material products, would indeed make an efficient contribution to environmental sustainability13. The only problem that remains is that when, considering the share extent and urgency of this problem, do they claim to expand this strategy to the entire human race at such short notice. In this scenario, the extent and depth of such a required social change prevents us from even thinking that it is possible to carry it out without coercion in the given time and with the ways necessary. And the risk here is of falling into ecological fundamentalism, i. e. leaving the camp of free choice for others, where what has to be done is ordered by who is considered to have the monopoly of truth.

1.4.3 Compound Strategy Given the impracticality of these outlined “extreme strategies�, it becomes evident that the only passable route would start from the shift that at the same time intensely invests in both the technological system and the social demand for living standards. A voluntary transition towards sustainability implies, in other words, a progression of suggestions that entail structural discontinuities and contemporarily handle all dimensions at every level of the society we have known so far. In such suggestions, ecological quality will emerge from compound strategies and compound interventions in different areas.

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Cf. Shiva (1989, 1993); Sachs (1999, 2002).

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