Has ‘Degrowth’ Outgrown its Own Name?

[Kate Raworth, http://commonstransition.org%5D The following article presents a debate that was first published on From Poverty to Power, a conversational blog maintained by Duncan Green. It is kicked off by Kate Raworth, renegade economist and development re-thinker, who feels that degrowth has outgrown its name. In reply Giorgos Kallis, the world’s leading academic on degrowth, counters with the view that ‘degrowth’ is still a compelling term. Let the debate begin… Why Degrowth has out-grown … Continue reading Has ‘Degrowth’ Outgrown its Own Name?

¿Es el decrecimiento una utopía realizable?

[Paco Fernandez Buey*]   En los cursos que vengo impartiendo en la universidad sobre controversias ético-políticas en el mundo contemporáneo he tenido la oportunidad de comprobar que los dos temas que más entusiasmo polémico suscitan entre los estudiantes de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales, en estos últimos años, son el papel de los medios de comunicación en las democracias representativas y la idea de decrecimiento. Si … Continue reading ¿Es el decrecimiento una utopía realizable?

A Synopsis: Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update

[Donella Meadows*, Jorgen Randers, and Dennis Meadows] The following piece is a short synopsis of Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update. The full length book is available at Chelsea Green’s website. The whole book available here: Limits-to-Growth-digital-scan-version_Meadows, Donella A Synopsis: Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update The signs are everywhere around us: Sea level has risen 10–20 cm since 1900. Most non-polar glaciers are retreating, … Continue reading A Synopsis: Limits to Growth: The 30-Year Update

Austerity and Degrowth – Dealing with the Economic Crisis and the Ecological Crisis Together

[ Brian Davey, originally published by Feasta]   This article arises from increasing frustration and irritation about the way that the debate about Greece, and in general about austerity, is framed. My frustration is not only with the policy thugs who are implementing austerity, but also, to a degree, with their critics – which includes the failure of most of the critics of growth to … Continue reading Austerity and Degrowth – Dealing with the Economic Crisis and the Ecological Crisis Together

Postextractivismos en Ecuador: indultar a la Naturaleza

[Eduardo Gudynas*, Rebelión, 21 de julio de 2017] Bajo el gobierno de Rafael Correa recrudecieron los extractivismos, no sólo insistiendo en la explotación petrolera sino que también se buscó sumar la minería, y se mantuvieron otros muy conocidos como las plantaciones bananeras. Todo ello desencadenó fuertes resistencias ciudadanas, con muchas personas enfrentadas a procesos judiciales, algunos encarcelados, y una Naturaleza atrapada. En cambio, el gobierno … Continue reading Postextractivismos en Ecuador: indultar a la Naturaleza

What is degrowth?

[www.degrowth.org] Sustainable degrowth is a downscaling of production and consumption that increases human well-being and enhances ecological conditions and equity on the planet. It calls for a future where societies live within their ecological means, with open, localized economies and resources more equally distributed through new forms of democratic institutions. Such societies will no longer have to “grow or die.” Material accumulation will no longer … Continue reading What is degrowth?

Reflexiones sobre el productivismo

[Pablo Solón, ladiaria.com.uy ] No hay actividad económica por fuera de la naturaleza. El planeta es un sistema autorregulado, de componentes físicos, químicos, biológicos y humanos. La sociedad humana es sólo uno de los componentes más recientes del complejo sistema de la Tierra, que está en permanente devenir y cambio. El crecimiento ilimitado de las fuerzas productivas en un planeta finito es imposible. Durante más … Continue reading Reflexiones sobre el productivismo

Degrowth: the case for a new economic paradigm

[Riccardo Mastini, Lund University, published on Open Democracy on 08.06.2017] Unbridled growth appears to be at odds with social well-being and environmental sustainability. How might we develop a model that reduces the imperative for growth while maintaining economic stability? Traffic in Dhaka: Pollution and congestion are two costly consequences of economic growth. joiseyshowaa/Flickr. Some rights reserved. In the 1970s, the emphasis was on resource limits. … Continue reading Degrowth: the case for a new economic paradigm

Degrowth

By Geneviève Azam The economic growth paradigm is central to the representations of the world and the economic policies that have emerged since 1945. However, the notion of economic growth as a regular, ongoing, self-sustained process – which reached its peak during the so-called “Glorious Thirty”[1] years – has fallen apart. This post-World War II period, in which growth became a necessary condition for social … Continue reading Degrowth

Decrecimiento

Por Geneviève Azam El paradigma del crecimiento económico ha sido central en las representaciones del mundo y las políticas económicas que se desarrollaron desde 1945. Sin embargo, se ha apagado el crecimiento económico como un proceso regular, continuo, auto-suficiente, que llegó a su apogeo en los “gloriosos treinta” entre el boom de la posguerra y la crisis del petróleo de (1945-1973). El crecimiento, que fue, … Continue reading Decrecimiento

Introduction

The premise of this publication is that we are living a systemic crisis that can only be solved through systemic alternatives. Humanity is facing a complex set of crises from environmental, economic, social to civilizational crisis. All of these crises are part of a whole.  We cannot solve one of these crises without addressing the others. Each one is constantly receiving a strong feedback from … Continue reading Introduction