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Crisis or opportunity?: Economic degrowth for social equity and ecological sustainability.

Journal of Cleaner Production, vol.18 pp.511-518, 22/01/2010


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Resource IDschneider2010
Resource titleCrisis or opportunity?: Economic degrowth for social equity and ecological sustainability.
Author(s)François Schneider, Giorgos Kallis, Joan Martinez-Alier
Publication/ sourceJournal of Cleaner Production, vol.18 pp.511-518
Date published22/01/2010
Summary text/ abstractThis article reviews the burgeoning emerging literature on sustainable degrowth. This is defined as an equitable downscaling of production and consumption that increases human well-being and enhances ecological conditions at the local and global level, in the short and long term. The paradigmatic propositions of degrowth are that economic growth is not sustainable and that human progress without economic growth is possible. Degrowth proponents come from diverse origins. Some are critics of market globalization, new technologies or the imposition of western models of development in the rest of the world. All criticize GDP accounting though they propose often different social and ecological indicators. Degrowth theorists and practitioners support an extension of human relations instead of market relations, demand a deepening of democracy, defend ecosystems, and propose a more equal distribution of wealth. We distinguish between depression and sustainable degrowth – a voluntary, smooth and equitable transition to a regime of lower production and consumption. The question we ask is how positive would degrowth be if instead of being imposed by an economic crisis, it would actually be a democratic collective decision, a project with the ambition of getting closer to ecological sustainability and socio-environmental justice worldwide.
Library categoriesAnarchism & Action, Climate Change, Economics, Energy, 'Limits to Growth', Peak Oil, Simplicity
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