What would daily life would be like in a ‘degrowth’ economy? That is, in an economy seeking planned contraction of energy and resource demands in order to achieve sustainability, equity, and social wellbeing. In this presentation Samuel Alexander explores theses issues by seeking to envision what such a ‘prosperous descent’ might look like.

This is Part IV of the Ecological Civilisation series. The introduction to this series is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxC-r…

The series is grappling with the problems of consumerism and the growth economy; envisioning alternative, post-carbon ways of life; and considering what action can be taken, both personally and politically, to help build an ecological civilisation. New presentations will be added to this playlist over time: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list…

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If you find this presentation stimulating but would like more detail, see Entropia: Life Beyond Industrial Civilisation, available here:

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Other books and essays mentioned in the presentation include David Holmgren’s Retrosuburbia, available here:

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Ted Trainer’s essay, “Remaking Settlements” available here:

https://journals.librarypublishing.ar…

And Local is Our Future, by Helena Norberg-Hodge: https://www.localfutures.org/publicat…

Thanks to Andrew Doodson, Jordan Osmond, and Antoinette Wilson for offering invaluable production advice.

The opening image is kindly provided by Melissa Davis.

Other image references are available here:

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The music is provided by Mortimer’s Method: https://mortimersmethod.bandcamp.com

 

Teaser photo credit:Moss Graffiti | Image: Kulturlabor Trial&Error, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0