On June 30 2020, British Columbia became the first province in Canada to implement legislation enabling companies to legally register their commitment to socially and environmentally responsible ventures.
It’s all thanks to the hard work of the BC Green Party, championing businesses that seek to be a force for good.
You can’t have climate change without sacrifice zones, and you can’t have sacrifice zones without disposable people, and you can’t have disposable people without racism.
As people throughout the world are practicing physical distancing and staying home, this behaviour has produced the corollary benefit of significantly minimizing GHG emissions and pollution levels. In a short period of time, we have begun to notice that animals are already reclaiming their habitats as human interactions decline; rarely seen dolphins and swans enjoy cleaner water on the Italian coast; the canals in Venice are clear again! And NASA images showed a drop in pollution over China during the coronavirus quarantine. Reports like these validate the belief that transitioning our economy to decarbonized industries and companies that feature a people, planet and profit approach is the way to a healthier future. It is in no one’s best interest to double down on last century’s carbon-based industries that are already at the end of their life cycle.
Is it time to talk about Living Income and how it may reduce the spread of Infectious diseases like COVID-19?
When I have spoken in the past about the need to explore the implementation of a Universal Living Income in British Columbia, it was through the lens of planning for future automation of the workforce and poverty reduction. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has re-fueled my desire to explore it more seriously.
What is a Living Income?
A basic income is a public government program that delivers a regular guaranteed income payment or basic living stipend on an individual basis without requiring proof the individual is actively seeking work.