Debunking Sustainable Use Report

The May 2019 IPBES Report into the global state of biodiversity made it abundantly clear that our current patterns of extracting biomass from nature are unsustainable, with up to 1 million species threatened with extinction. The direct exploitation of plants and animals is the second biggest factor driving the extinction crisis, after land use (habitat destruction). Yet since its publication there has been no change in relation to the unrelenting focus on ‘sustainable use’ of wildlife. Even COVID-19 doesn’t seem to have been enough for the industries, businesses and governments desperate to nudge us back into pre-pandemic consumption patterns and business-as-usual to learn. The scale of the inertia is quite staggering.

Nature Needs More decided to dig deeper into the magical claims of the ‘win-win-win’ sustainable use model and highlight how the current institutional settings continue to preference economic growth over both ecological sustainability and social justice outcomes. Our Debunking Sustainable Use Report 2020 focuses on the international trade in endangered wildlife and how the lack of effective regulation under CITES and the tacit tolerance of the illegal wildlife trade combine to ridicule any claims of sustainability.

The story of ‘sustainable use’ starts from a fundamentally flawed assumption – that there can be a win-win-win scenario between economic, ecological and social benefits. Unlimited growth is impossible on a limited planet, so all ‘use’ of nature has to be based on managing the available ‘stock’ for current and future generations. This cannot be done under a capitalist model of private property rights over nature’s resources, it requires a commons management framework. We provide short, medium and long term solutions to reversing the present trends, which are currently driving the catastrophic declines in biodiversity.

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Nature Needs More Published Papers

Nature Needs More published academic papers associated with factoring in wildlife (and endangered species more broadly) into the evolving sustainable fashion strategy.

Mammoth Tusk Beads and Vintage Elephant Skin Bags: Wildlife, Conservation, and Rethinking Ethical Fashion

Nature Needs More’s Founder Dr Lynn Johnson was delighted to collaborate with Dr Catherine Kovesi University a historian at the University of Melbourne where she researches the discourses of luxury consumption.

The article explores the fact that wildlife is not currently factored in to the evolving sustainable fashion strategy. It can be purchased here.

Recent years have seen marked consciousness-raising in the arena of ethical fashion. Despite inherent difficulties in tracing a complete ethical supply chain back to source, sustainable fashion movements have helped to highlight the need for prominent fashion industry role models on the one hand, and awareness of those who produce what we consume on the other. Yet, repeatedly in such discussions, one of the most fragile components of the luxury fashion business is left out of the conversation – wildlife and endangered species. To date there have been parallel discourses in ethical fashion and in wildlife conservation that rarely intersect, and are indeed often in unintended opposition to each other. Even those who attempt to promote an ethical path, or who buy vintage rather than new fashion items of wildlife products, often unwittingly contribute to the accelerated demand for wildlife fashion products from present-day endangered species. The desire to be ethical can, in some instances, even contribute to illegal poaching activity. This article unravels for the first time some of the complexities of the conservation dilemmas involved in the wearing of ancient, vintage, and present-day wildlife products. In doing so it argues we should place wildlife center stage, as an equally important element, in rethinking what it is that we wear.

Modernising CITES Proposals

Nature Needs More project documents associated with our proposals to modernise CITES.

Breaking The Brand Project Launch and Annual Reports

In August 2017 Breaking The Brand evolved and was incorporated in to one of the pillars of Nature Needs More Ltd. The final Annual Report for Breaking The Brand which includes the transition to Nature Needs More can be found at the top of the page under the Nature Needs More Annual Reports Section.

Demand Reduction Campaigns

Breaking The Brand project documents associated with creating, evolving and evaluating demand reduction campaigns.

Basic Income Trial Proposal

Nature Needs More project documents associated with our proposals to test a basic income linked to conservation outcomes.