1. Expensive publicity campaigns and/or corruption determine who can be a candidate and who is elected in democratic elections. Big money inordinately influences political decisions.
Allow each person to be a candidate for a given political position (eg MP) only once, whether elected or not. Submit all major decisions to universal referendum (simple and virtually costless through the Internet in countries with electronic Identity Cards.)
2. Human beings in rich countries over-consume and entice those in the poorer countries to do the same. Advertising does not inform; it convinces, hence radically distorting the "free" market.
Eliminate advertising for all consumer goods.
3. People will buy almost anything if the price is right, but that price does not take into account environmental and climate effects of production and consumption.
Hold manufacturers responsible for all environmental and climate effects of their products in a way similar to how the pharmaceutical industry is made responsible for medical effects.
4. Petrol-based plastics contain toxic materials (many of which are zero tolerance: bisphenol A, phthalates, etc.). Plastic never disappears but disintegrates into tiny particles that climb back up the food chain.
Forbid plastic in contact with food and children, as well as all other single-use products such as non-reusable packaging and discardable goods, the manufacturer and distributor being socially responsible for any toxicity or items found discarded.
5. Unnecessary transportation is a major source of environmental destruction and climate change.
Stop importation of any item that can be produced within a country.
6. Duplication of suppliers to provide "competition" produces enormous wastes.
Eliminate all competition involving "natural" monopolies: natural resources, public transportation and communication, energy distribution networks, and so on.
7. The very rich can each produce more greenhouse gases in 10 minutes than does a poor person in a poor country in a lifetime.
Set non-negotiable, non-tradable quotas for consumption of natural resources and for pollution by each individual and by each organisation, identical for everyone, first within each country, later globally.
8. Rich countries over-produce whereas millions in poorer countries starve or die of curable diseases.
Transfer the result of all growth in production in rich countries to the poorer countries.
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