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Why green growth won’t transform the economy | openDemocracy

Why green growth won’t transform the economy | openDemocracy | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"Green growth is a myth. Because it ignores the social, political and personal dimensions of sustainability, it can never cut deep enough into the structures of self and society to secure solutions to the crises that we face."

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Green growth or steady state? Rival visions of a green economy |

I’m not convinced that either side – green growthers or steady-statists – has yet won the argument, even after forty years of doing battle. The historical evidence for green growth is threadbare, even nonexistent – though this should give no-one, not even the steady-statists, any cause for pleasure. What’s more, we can’t assume the past will determine the future (in this debate, if it does, we’re stuffed either way). Rather, the two sides ought to take one another far more seriously, and see the merits of a combined programme for transition.

 

Excellent article in openDemocracy with an honest appraisal of the inadequacies of both theories.

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Allô, la Banque mondiale ? Comment faites-vous la croissance verte ?

Allô, la Banque mondiale ? Comment faites-vous la croissance verte ? | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"Dans le cadre de la préparation de Rio+20, la Banque mondiale et l’OCDE notamment rivalisent d’imagination pour donner un prix à la nature, non pas tant pour mieux la préserver que pour la réduire à un capital comme un autre qu’il s’agira de rentabiliser. Valeur économique des écosystèmes et valeur économique des services que rendent ceux-ci sont devenues les leitmotivs de la recherche dans les cercles néolibéraux. Des valeurs que seul l’établissement de droits de propriété sur ce qui devrait être des biens communs, collectifs et publics[13] peut révéler. Allô, la Banque mondiale, vous êtes toujours là ? Non, ils ont raccroché."

 

Excellent critical analysis of the latest World Bank Report "Inclusive Green Growth"

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Green growth sounds nice, but can it deliver climate change mitigation?

"“Green growth” may provide false hope and excuses to do nothing really fundamental to bring about a U-turn in global GHG emissions. The arithmetic of economic and population growth, efficiency limits related to the rebound effect, as well as systemic issues call into question the hopes of decoupling economic growth from GHG growth."

 

Excellent analysis by Ulrich Hoffmann (Senior Economic Affairs Officer of UNCTAD) of the limits of green growth.

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The facts are clear: Report finds EU can deliver more jobs in a green budget

The facts are clear: Report finds EU can deliver more jobs in a green budget | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

Greening the EU's long-term budget can create more jobs than following the traditional spending paths according to a new report published by an alliance of environmental NGOs.

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Is China the global game-changer for sustainability?

Is China the global game-changer for sustainability? | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
The corridors at Davos are buzzing with discussion over China's growing commitment to sustainability, says Peter Lacy...

 

This analysis by Accenture's Sustainability Director Peter Lacy disregards a few fundamental aspects of China's spectacular rise. Read more of my comments on http://3eintelligence.wordpress.com

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Broke, crowded & hot: Top 3 reasons to flee big cities

Broke, crowded & hot: Top 3 reasons to flee big cities | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

As a weakened economy starts to rub up against the natural limits of life on Earth — such as peak oil and climate change — the biggest cities may become less and less attractive places to live."

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More realistic assessment of the role of cities in the Great Transition. The 'green cities' dream will turn out to be a fantasy.

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"A Green Alternative to Austerity?"

"A Green Alternative to Austerity?" | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
A big pile of green-growth reports demonstrates the plausibility of this path to recovery from an historic economic crisis. It is now up to us to realize its potential. Green growth offers a realistic alternative to the faltering austerity approach to overcoming the current economic crisis. Policymakers should incorporate this thinking into the “beyond austerity” narrative that is taking shape in a growing number of key EU member states.

 

Good Project Syndicate article by Dutch sustainability expert Roland Kupers on the value of several recent green growth reports and their link to the austerity versus growth debate in Europe.

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New World Bank report urges governments to go for inclusive green growth

New World Bank report urges governments to go for inclusive green growth | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"Inclusive green growth is the pathway to sustainable development. It is the only way to reconcile the rapid growth required to bring developing countries to the level of prosperity to which they aspire, meet the needs of the more than 1 billion people still living in poverty, and fulfill the global imperative of a better environment."

 

In the run-up to Rio+20, another "green growth" reports which remains locked into the myth of "delinking" and efficiency instead of seriously considering the need to question the nature of growth and the need for radical redistribution of wealth.

 

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La croissance verte selon l’OCDE : la pensée unique du capitalisme vert

La croissance verte selon l’OCDE : la pensée unique du capitalisme vert | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

Excellent critical analysis by French economist Jean Gadrey of the 2011OECD report "Towards Green Growth: Monitoring Progress - OECD Indicators".

 

"Ce qui est mis en avant c’est la poursuite de la croissance à l’infini, en y intégrant la nature comme nouveau grand facteur de production (ce qui est le cas depuis toujours, mais on vise à monter d’un cran dans son exploitation productive) et comme champ d’investissement prioritaire d’un capitalisme vert ou verdi."

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China’s big bet on green industry – and how it might green the world

"After the failure of Durban, a promising plan B to reducing carbon emissions rests upon green development industrial strategies being pursued by individual countries. And here China is in the vanguard." (Source: OpenDemocracy.net).

 

Although the story of Chinese "green industry' leadership might sound attractive to Western "greens", in reality China is just betting on all horses at the same time. It remains locked into the old paradigm of "no-limits" economic and industrial growth. It might in this way win the green competitiveness war, but it will not put the world on the path to the necessary sustainability transition.

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