Following are proposals for global system changes except new modes of global governance, which have been relegated to the Decision Methods. The remaining proposals for 'concrete' change of systems (i.e. of global governance) are listed in alphanumerical order of the system and/or author name.
Capitalism, state communism, and other contemporary systems have been omitted because they have not averted problems, like with the environment. That also holds for most teachings of moral conduct, but ethically or religiously inspired proposals for concrete measures are to be included.
These are only examples. More proposals should be distilled from research directions like those initiated by Elinor Ostrom (governance of the commons) and Robert J. Aumann (correlated equilibria) to mention only a few.
Global system change proposals: examples
A thought-provoking list of problems and solutions. Click here.
Alliance of World Scientists (AWS)
A list compiled from 313 climate policy proposals, July 15, 2021. Click here.
For their 2022 advice, see https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/article/72/12/1149/6764747
Anarchism: Peter Gelderloos
An anarchist solution to global warming. Click here.
Birth Control Organisations
There are many proponents of ‘birth control’.
· Some consider any adhortation to ‘family planning’ an infringement on the future parent’s rights, like the United Nations do, and restrict themselves to facilitation.
· Others are proponents of more stringent measures because they consider the right of the future generation for a decent living as more important, as with OverPopulationAwareness.
The points of view of other organisations (like the Sierra Club, Population Matters, and Green America have not been analysed.
Blueprint for Survival
An analysis by the periodical The Ecologist from 1972 (vol.2 no.1). Click here.
Club of Rome
The 1972 report ‘Limits to growth’ by the Club of Rome also indicates main drivers of collapse (of course, overpopulation and overproduction) but does not propose specific measures. It was updated thrity years later, stating goals and changes:
Meadows, Donella; Randers, Jorgen; Meadows, Dennis (2006) Limits to Growth. The 30-Year Update. London, Sterling VA: Earthscan.
In 2019, it proposes more specific measures: click here.
Mobilisation as a model.
Delina, L.L. (2016). Strategies for Rapid Climate Mitigation: Wartime mobilisation as a model for action? Routledge Advances in Climate Change Research.
A dictionary of steps to move away from growth. Click here.
To be determined: A. Cooney, C.W. Cooney.
The team behind the book Drawdown proposes direct measures against global warming and recognizes overpopulation, click here.
Dutch Post-Corona Society
The stand-still enforced by the Covid-19 pandemic served as a model for society after Covid-19, most concretely in a petition for fundamental change by a group of 170 scientists in The Netherlands. click here.
European Sustainability and Wellbeing Pact
Six system change experts in 2019 propose not so fundamental or concrete measures. Click here
European Environmental Bureau
A 2019 proposal for a few fundamental changes. Click here.
Friends of the Earth
To be summarized.
Abstract from Robert L. Heilbroner's 1970 concise and penetrating analysis Ecological Armageddon. Click here.
IPCC AR6 WG3
The working group 3 of the IPCC assumes a role as International Panel of System Change. See its press release
or its rendering
because even the summaries available from https://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar6/wg3/ need to be very elaborate in order to remain scientific.
To be summarized: blueprints about reporting, accounting, data, new business models, implementation of these four fields, sustainable finance, and value cycles. See https://www.r3-0.org/projects/
Social Action Programmes
Concrete measures to be determined: Catholic, Islamic, Buddhist, …
The expert group UK FIRES, funded by the U.K. government. Click here.
Well-known for the ‘Brundtland report’:
World Commission on Environment and Development (1987) Our Common Future
Though justified, the ultimate calls for actions (Annexe 1) are vague enough for everyone to both agree and to get away with. New contributions are to be determined but risk to be watered down.
Further, the Sustainable Development Goals, and more.
The Urgenda foundation (well-known by its successful court case against the Dutch state) proposes a few dozen detailed measures. Click here.