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It is possible to remake our economy so we use less and waste less

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NO ONE looking at the state of Earth in 2022 can be in any doubt that we are facing three grave environmental crises. The climate emergency is well-established; an appreciation of the disastrous scale of biodiversity loss is growing; and our pollution of air, soil and water is becoming recognised as an existential risk.

What is perhaps lacking is an awareness of how interlinked these crises are. As a result, solutions tend to be piecemeal: targets to increase renewable energy or electric vehicle uptake; campaigns to encourage greener eating; bans on plastic straws. Sometimes, they can even be counterproductive, as …