Addressing the sustainability of our environmental impact is the single most important issue facing our generation and future generations. Basic Income provides a tool that can help our society focus on this issue.

This paper calls for us to recognize what sustainability means at a global level and to “take account of the ecological limits on human systems”. It calls for a realization that we are rich in money, but poor in options. Simply, our only two options are (a) population reduction, or (b) to decrease per capita resource consumption.

Basic Income defines the economic cost our society is willing to support to provide enough of the basic needs of our population. It defines the cost of our minimum per capita resource consumption at a local level.