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Rights for Sustainability: Community-led Practices on People-Powered Consumption and Production
The current system must be replaced by radically different systems of production and consumption that dismantle inequality and take care of the people and planet. Systems of production and consumption that put people’s rights at the center should be put in place. Such systems, which operationalize the principles of People-Powered Sustainable Consumption and Production (PP-SCP)—(1) people’s rights are protected and advanced in the whole production and consumption chain; (2) self-sufficiency from the community to the national level is promoted through people’s sovereignty; (3) social innovations and community actions toward SCP are encouraged and supported; and (4) accountability of corporations and governments is demanded and ensured—are already being led and practiced by grassroots communities and must be allowed to flourish.
The book features the PP-SCP practices of the farmers and Indigenous Peoples of Kenya and the Philippines that promote various aspects of people’s rights such as the right to food, the right to housing, the right to health and healthy environments, and in the case of Indigenous Peoples, the right to self-determination. The advancement of people’s rights is supported by the communities’ assertion of their sovereignty through collective action and the exercise of democratic governance within their organizations. The cases studies also show that promoting people’s rights and welfare can go hand-in-hand with the protection of the environment.
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