With the “Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change” published by the International Islamic Climate Change Symposium earlier this month, another world religion has expressed heavy concerns about the pursuit of relentless economic growth.
Articles: degrowth (45)
It seems like a tough one to argue for degrowth in the context of the Greek crisis and as an alternative to austerity – but then all the more reason to try.
There is an increasing consensus on the need and urgency to tackle climate change and its consequences.
Is degrowth only conceivable in the context of “oversaturated” industrial societies while the global “South” remains dependent on growth?
Certainly there is reason to pause and to question the idea of infinite economic growth on a finite planet.
But whether or not „degrowth“ would make a better translation of the Pope’s intended meaning, much more significant than a single word is the manner in which the letter as a whole points in direction of the territory constituted by the thinkers and activists of degrowth.
Put otherwise, based on my calculations, if the whole world came to look like one of our most successful ecovillages, we would still need one and a half planet’s worth of Earth’s biocapacity. Dwell on that for a moment.
What is needed to get us out of our comfort zone and fight for our children’s future?
...[T]he...climate movement tends to deny...that renewables are unable to maintain our Western...consumer lifestyles on a global level.
Our proposal is not necessarily to reduce GDP (an arbitrary indicator), but rather to ask new questions and search for alternatives to today’s society based on a predatory, unjust and unsustainable capitalist economic system.