Switzerland was the first country to vote on whether to implement a green economy. The green economy ballot initiative encouraged resource efficiency and implementation of a circular economy and set a specific goal – to reduce Switzerland’s resource consumption to a level that could be replicated worldwide. Currently we would need three Earths if everybody lived like the Swiss. The goal in the ballot initiative was to get to one Earth by 2050.

Interestingly enough, economic actors were divided. Some vigorously opposed while others, such as IKEA, favoured a one-planet economy.

36% of voters cast a “yes” for living within the means of one planet. Geneva was the only canton in Switzerland with a majority in favour of the initiative.
It appears Swiss voters were unwilling to pay the economic price to reduce the country’s ecological footprint.

The fact that a country would hold such a vote, and that so many recognize the need for a significant shift in the way we use resources is a global historical precedent.

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Source: Swiss Info

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jandi

Sustainability Manager at University of Westminster
Jandi leads on Sustainability within operations and supports embedding sustainable practice across the University as well as our partners.
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