How quickly and effectively can governments respond?
This month’s top signals of change highlight policy changes in two areas that are the focus of worldwide protests: inequality and climate inaction. The city of Maricá, Brazil, is launching a Citizens’ Basic Income, entitling over 50,000 people to a monthly stipend. Crucially, the funds will be distributed in the city’s own digital social currency, increasing local benefits and enabling a wealth of data on the socio-economic impacts.
In the wake of youth protests, Italy has become the first country to introduce compulsory education on climate change. From September 2020, schools will be obliged to include about one hour a week in their curriculum, alongside teaching core subjects such as Physics, Maths and Geography through a sustainability lens.
Also in the last month, 14 major cities including Barcelona, London, Los Angeles, Seoul and Tokyo signed up to the C40 Good Food Cities Declaration, committing to introduce policies and work with citizens to encourage more balanced, affordable and sustainable diets, as well as reduce food waste. Are businesses gearing up to the challenge too? Find out in our new ‘state of the market’ report, The Future of Food.
What policy changes have you spotted that could accelerate sustainability? Share with the hashtag #signalofchange on Twitter and Instagram, or tag @forumforthefuture on Facebook.
Anna Simpson, Curator