We need to undergo an ecological transformation at all levels of society in order to accomplish environmental sustainability. Overstepping our planetary boundaries is not an option, as going beyond certain thresholds or tipping points will lead to sudden and irreversible damage to our planet.
The transformation required to really achieve sustainable forms of production and consumption must be shaped in such ways as to provide new powerful sources for real and tangible social progress. It must encompass a whole range of areas, including energy, transport, industry, agriculture, health as well as the creation of new green jobs.
We need to push our society in a more sustainable direction within planetary boundaries. In this respect, we need to move beyond the current growth paradigm to a sustainable development paradigm. The persistent exploitation of labor and natural resources just for short-term financial gains of a selected few can no longer be tolerated!
We must create a society that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. A society for the many, not for the few. We must continue to defend a European society of inclusion based on the principles of freedom, equality, solidarity, diversity and social justice. It is essential that “no one is left behind” in this process of transformation.