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

Introducción

La presente publicación parte de la premisa de que estamos viviendo una crisis sistémica que sólo puede ser resuelta con alternativas sistémicas. Lo que la humanidad enfrenta no es sólo una crisis ambiental, económica, social, geopolítica, institucional o civilizatoria. Todas estas crisis son parte de un todo. Es imposible resolver una de estas crisis sin abordar las otras en su conjunto. Cada una de estas … Continue reading Introducción

Book: Systemic Alternatives

[Versión en Español] 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. The construction of complementarities between Vivir … Continue reading Book: Systemic Alternatives

Libro: Alternativas Sistémicas

[English version] La presente publicación parte de la premisa de que estamos viviendo una crisis sistémica que sólo puede ser resuelta con alternativas sistémicas. Lo que la humanidad enfrenta no es sólo una crisis ambiental, económica, social, geopolítica, institucional o civilizatoria. Todas estas crisis son parte de un todo. Es imposible resolver una de estas crisis sin abordar las otras en su conjunto. La construcción … Continue reading Libro: Alternativas Sistémicas

Let’s face it: we have to choose between our economy and our future

[Christiane Kliemann, 23/01/2015, The Guardian] The new year has just begun and we’re already inundated with horrible news: two new reports have collected further evidence that human economic activity puts life on Earth at risk, and another shocked us with the fact that the 85 richest people on the planet are as wealthy as the poorest 50% – and that the gap between them is … Continue reading Let’s face it: we have to choose between our economy and our future

The Degrowth Alternative

  [Giorgos Kallis, feb/2015, Great Transition Initiative] Both the name and the theory of degrowth aim explicitly to repoliticize environmentalism. Sustainable development and its more recent reincarnation “green growth” depoliticize genuine political antagonisms between alternative visions for the future. They render environmental problems technical, promising win-win solutions and the impossible goal of perpetuating economic growth without harming the environment. Ecologizing society, degrowthers argue, is not … Continue reading The Degrowth Alternative

THE MALAISE OF THE OLD LEFT REPRESENTS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR DEGROWTH

[26/09/2016, Vincent Liegey, Green European Journal] These days, the degrowth movement is not interested in provocation anymore. Instead it wants to stimulate discussions amongst the people who believe that it is possible to decolonise our minds. Vincent Liegey, the coordinator of the latest Degrowth Conference says that the movement’s impact is already visible in many party programmes. What is your experience as a degrowth campaigner? … Continue reading THE MALAISE OF THE OLD LEFT REPRESENTS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR DEGROWTH

To deal with climate change we need a new financial system

[Jason Hickel, The Guardian, 05-11-2016] Bank notes are checked in 1929 at the US Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Photograph: FPG/Getty Image When it comes to global warming, we know that the real problem is not just fossil fuels – it is the logic of endless growth that is built into our economic system. If we don’t keep the global economy growing by at least … Continue reading To deal with climate change we need a new financial system

Why the degrowth debate is gaining momentum

[Nick Meynen, 02-09-2016] Reporting from The 5th International Degrowth Conference in Budapest – which continues today and tomorrow – NICK MEYNEN explores the new narrative of ‘sufficiency’ being discussed and and asks will it catch on before it’s too late? “Many of the scientists here have calculated that we are looking at a collapse of society within this century if we continue on this growth … Continue reading Why the degrowth debate is gaining momentum

La izquierda debería abrazar el decrecimiento

[Giorgios Kallis – Huffington Post – 09/01/2016] El decrecimiento es un ataque frontal a la ideología del crecimiento económico. Algunos lo llaman una crítica, un eslogan o una “palabra obús”. Otros hablan de la “teoría de” o de la “literatura sobre” decrecimiento o de las “políticas de decrecimiento “. Muchos se ven a sí mismos como el “movimiento del decrecimiento”, o proclaman que viven” de … Continue reading La izquierda debería abrazar el decrecimiento