Introductory web pages

The following web pages provide an easily-digestible introduction to the 'what?', 'why?' and 'how?' of sharing the world's resources. These pages can also be viewed as a pamphlet in STWR's primer on global economic sharing, either read as a single web page or downloaded as a pdf file

What is economic sharing?
Humanity urgently needs to move beyond the restrictive ideologies of the past and embrace solutions that meet the common needs of people in all nations. As outlined in the sections below, this will be impossible to achieve without some degree of economic sharing on local, national and global levels. In an increasingly unequal and unsustainable world in which all governments need to drastically re-order their priorities, a call for economic sharing embodies the need for justice, human rights and sound environmental stewardship to guide policymaking at all levels of society.

Why nations need to share
Humanity has reached an impasse. Despite ongoing development efforts since the foundation of the United Nations, the international community has failed to end global poverty or prevent environmental degradation. The policies that drive the global economy have also magnified the gap between rich and poor, led to conflict over the planet’s natural resources, and resulted in an ecological crisis that threatens life on earth. The following pages outline the extent of this global emergency and the need for an alternative approach to managing the world’s resources based upon economic sharing and international cooperation. 

How to share the world's resources
At this critical juncture in human history, only a united global public can pressure governments to reorder their distorted priorities, cooperate more effectively, and share the resources of the world more equitably. As outlined in the sections below, a crucial first step is for UN Member States to implement an international program of emergency assistance to end life-threatening deprivation, followed by a longer-term transformation of the global economy in order to secure an adequate standard of living for all within ecological limits.

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