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The HeArt, Soul and Science of Saying Yes to Life
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Is climate change a euphemism for growth?

Is climate change a euphemism for growth? | Wild Resiliency | Scoop.it

"One question that stops conversations cold is, 'What if our greatest societal challenge is not climate but growth?'"

 

Climate change is really just an ambiguous term or understatement for the problem at the root of our energy production and consumption, which is growth in energy use, economic/population expansion, and environmental degradation resulting in overshoot that is vulnerable to collapse.

 

Interesting reflections on how all the energy spent on dealing with climate change distracts us from the real root cause of our "great disruption".


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International Conference on Degrowth in the Americas

International Conference on Degrowth in the Americas | Wild Resiliency | Scoop.it
Drawing from previous degrowth conferences in Paris and Barcelona in 2008 and 2010 respectively, the Montreal conference will focus on the particular situations and dynamics of the Americas. What does degrowth mean for our Hemisphere with its rich geographical, cultural, social and economic diversity? How can degrowth models apply to different contexts from the Arctic to Tierra del Fuego? What does degrowth mean for the indigenous peoples of the Americas and their aspirations for their lands and peoples? How can degrowth concepts be made audible, understandable and acceptable to rich North Americans?

 

This conference held in Canada from 13-19 May will probably be much more relevant for the future than the upcoming Rio+20 summit.


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The growth paradigm: a critique

"The growth paradigm, as I use the term, refers to the proposition that economic growth is good, imperative, essentially limitless, and the principal remedy for a litany of social problems. The growth paradigm appears ubiquitous, even natural, but it is uniquely modern."

 

Brilliant historical analysis of the paradigm of eternal, limitless growth By Gareth Dale. Very relevant for current thinking on the need for new one-planet economy.


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New Report "Life Beyond Growth" : good summary of new economic thinking beyond GDP

The Tokyo-based Institute for Studies in Happiness, Economy, and Society (ISHES) recently released a new interesting report, "Life Beyond Growth", which summarises the search for new economic thinking beyond GDP.


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"Why Do Economies Stop Growing?"

"Why Do Economies Stop Growing?" | Wild Resiliency | Scoop.it
Many of the growth strategies tried around the world have turned out to have built-in limitations or decelerators – what one might call elements of unsustainability.

 

Absolute must-read article in Project Syndicate by 2001 Economics Nobel laureate Michael Spence. He seems to be one of the few economists able to think beyond the unfruitful austerity versus growth debate and link the crisis of the economy and economics with the sustainability crisis.


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New Club of Rome Report paints dark future for humanity

New Club of Rome Report paints dark future for humanity | Wild Resiliency | Scoop.it

"2052: A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years", by Jorgen Randers, launched by the Club of Rome on May 7, raises the possibility that humankind might not survive on the planet if it continues on its path of over-consumption and short-termism.

 

While global leaders are focused on financial debt crisis, the ecological and social crisis gets worse.


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Where Economic and Environmental Prosperity Meet

Where Economic and Environmental Prosperity Meet | Wild Resiliency | Scoop.it
Overdeveloped countries, including the United States, need to adopt a strategy of economic "degrowth" to limit ecological collapse and severe climate shifts. This does not mean stagnating economic development; it means cutting down on waste and overcoming the social pressure to accumulate material wealth at the expense of others' well-being.

 

Short summary of the Worldwatch Institute's State of the World 2012: Moving towards Sustainable Prosperity".


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Will Markets Survive the End of Growth?

Will Markets Survive the End of Growth? | Wild Resiliency | Scoop.it

"Is the end of growth the end of markets? The end of capitalism? Most definitely not. We will still need competition, we will still want ideas and innovation to flourish and we will want capital allocated as efficiently as possible. Markets are good at all those things."

 

New article by Paul Gilding ("The Great Disruption") which shows that post-oil and post-growth thinking is still struggling big time with the question of the balance between "state" and "market". Phrases like: we need to accept the earth's limits "as absolute boundaries of the market system" are unhelpful. We need much more sophisticated blueprints of how a just society could produce and consume within ecological and energy limits.


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