Possible future scenarios were investigated in which our environment, the foundation for human existence on earth, is actually valued as such in our economy. This project was part of my studies at Eindhoven University of Technology. More information at the Eco-Currency website.
Balancing economy and environment
The starting point for the ECO Currency project is the hypothesis that an important factor in our current environmental crisis is the disconnect between the economic ecology and the environmental ecology.
With the latter we mean the ecology of plants, trees, animals, and other organic material. Whereas the economic ecology is defined by our financial system of market, money, goods and other economic exchange.
Our second working hypothesis states that we could address environmental issues by linking the economic and environmental spheres in a better way than we currently do.
Eleven research questions have been formulated to investigate the possibilities of such concepts. Several potential answers to these questions lead to different scenarios of how such a connection can be made.
In times of both environmental and economic crises we have to rethink the way these two ecologies interrelate. Our research suggest three key principles for such future policy.