• Economy

    We look at the commercial economy as a subset of the entire wealth creation process and differentiate between the commercial economy and human well-being. more >

  • Environment

    We make the case for the necessity of a healthy environment, illustrate the decline of various elements of the environment and discuss the consequences and possible forecasts of environmental decline more >

  • Population

    Aspects of the population issue. We look at aging vs the real trend of demographic transition. We look at the population as not just a measure of the size of the market but as individuals living in a complex and interdependent world. Like consumption, population growth forever is illustrated as impossible and suicidal. We illustrate the human population cycles of the past and try and pinpoint our place on the current cycle. more >

  • Social Welfare

    Social welfare is the ability of a society to offer all of its citizens social services and a stable income that is sufficient enough to provide an adequate level of well-being. The level of social welfare and equality will be reflected in the levels of health and happiness of its citizens. We present many aspects of these issues and promote more comprehensive methods of well-being. more >

Towards a
Sustainable Society

What do Canada’s growing carbon emissions, increasing public and private debt, loss of prime farmland, the Temporary Foreign Worker program, high unemployment, and growing debt and inequality all have in common?  They are all direct results of a policy of rapid and never-ending growth.  Canada has sacrificed the welfare of its citizens and the health of the land for the narrow interests of a small elite – the growth lobby.  This lobby places the size of the commercial economy ahead of the common good.

Our government is currently focused on rapid population growth and reckless resource extraction.  This is at the expense of individual per capita incomes and the health of the natural resources and social institutions upon which the health of the nation depends.  It is a cheap labour, grow-at-any-cost model.

These policies are not sustainable environmentally, socially or fiscally.

Canada has the worst record of any industrialized nation in the areas of urbanization of farmland and carbon emissions growth.  In the early ‘60s, Canada had the second highest level of equality.  Now, with the decline of the middle class and high youth unemployment, income polarization is increasing dramatically and this growth of inequality is being felt at all levels of our society.

Canada needs to change its focus from the pursuit of simple growth to the development of our human resources.  We need to produce a more equal society with declining numbers of working poor and a more extensive social safety net underwritten by fiscal balance.  We need to be clear that the size of the commercial economy no longer constitutes the common or future good.

A business-as-usual, growth centric economy expands until it collapses. A sustainable society establishes environmental, economic and social balance assuring its citizens and culture prosper in the long term.  

Please join our efforts to change the counterproductive course Canada is now on.   Make use of this websites extensive resources to apply your own concerns and energy to bring a responsible and forward looking perspective to our national policies.  

Sustainability is a global issue and while the focus of Canadians for a Sustainable Society is on Canada we would like to work with all groups to deal with challenges common to every country.  Much of the data and research presented on this website is international or relevant to international issues.  Please contact us for possible joint projects.

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