Debra Roberts founded and heads the Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department of eThekwini Municipality, Durban, South Africa. Her key responsibilities in this post include overseeing the planning and protection of the city’s biodiversity and natural resource base, directing and developing the municipality’s Climate Protection Programme, and ensuring that biodiversity and climate change considerations influence all aspects of planning and development in the city.

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Our current economic systems have become addicted to “growth at all costs”, as measured by Gross Domestic Product (GDP) [i]. They assume that GDP growth is synonymous with increasing wellbeing and prosperity.  However this approach has led to growing inequality, an escalating climate crisis, and the depletion of natural and social capital.  We …

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Conscious that unsustainable patterns of production and consumption can impede sustainable development, and recognizing the need for a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes sustainable development, poverty eradication, happiness and well-being of all peoples. −United Nations General Assembly, …

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