Critique, Republished pieces

Open letter to Fridays For A Future. It’s time for action, but, what action?

Open letter by Marga Mediavilla to Fridays For A Future.  reposted from 15/15\15. “There is one thing that worries me. In your speeches on climate change you can find demands for very ambitious decarbonization objectives..... According to my knowledge and according to the studies we are making in our group, such ambitious goals as these… Continue reading Open letter to Fridays For A Future. It’s time for action, but, what action?

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Utopian thinking in the ether: an interview with Boris Frankel

This interesting interview appeared in the Australian journal, Overland. It is relevant to many of the concerns discussed here. Frankel's open access book, Fictions of Sustainability, is very good. Thanks to Zacharias Szumer for this. Here is the beginning of the interview - follow the link at the end for the rest of it. Is… Continue reading Utopian thinking in the ether: an interview with Boris Frankel

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Is the Degrowth Movement Delusional?

See also this article by list member Andrea Grainger: In defence of degrowth: The climate movement and socialist movements must come together to build a new progressive movement.  Open Democracy, 5 September, 2019. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Is the Degrowth Movement Delusional? by Steve Gwynne In his latest article, Leigh Phillips, a strong advocate of 'Socialist Growth' and… Continue reading Is the Degrowth Movement Delusional?

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7th International Degrowth Conference: Call​ ​for​ ​sub-themes

Update  January, 2020 The call for subthemes generated a great deal of interest.  We have consolidated them into 14 themes: see the conference website.  The open call for contributions will be announced there in later January / early February. The 7th International Degrowth and 16th International Society for Ecological Economics Joint Conference - Manchester Building… Continue reading 7th International Degrowth Conference: Call​ ​for​ ​sub-themes

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7th International Degrowth Conference – Manchester September 2020

Building Alternative Livelihoods in times of ecological and political crisis 7TH INTERNATIONAL DEGROWTH / 16TH ISEE INTERNATIONAL JOINT CONFERENCE Manchester, September 1st to 5th 2020 Download the first call for activists and campaigners. Come to Manchester in September 2020 to meet with other activists, artists and scholars to explore how alternative livelihoods can respond to… Continue reading 7th International Degrowth Conference – Manchester September 2020

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Green New Deals – the degrowth perspective

Most recent update: 18 May,, 2020 The idea of a Green New Deal (or New Green Deal), despite first appearing more than 10 years ago, has become very popular in recent months. These Green New Deals "make an analogy to the response to the Depression of the 1930s with an idea today that with greater… Continue reading Green New Deals – the degrowth perspective

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The suburbs are the spiritual home of overconsumption. But they also hold the key to a better future

Repost from The Conversation The typical suburban backyard of the future? Retrosuburbia.com (with permission) Samuel Alexander, University of Melbourne and Brendan Gleeson, University of Melbourne Suburban affluence is the defining image of the good life under capitalism, commonly held up as a model to which all humanity should aspire. More than half of the world’s… Continue reading The suburbs are the spiritual home of overconsumption. But they also hold the key to a better future

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The International Degrowth Conference 2020 will be in Manchester

Update:  for more details click HERE. The next (7th) International Degrowth Conference will be in Manchester, 1st to 5th September 2020.  The theme will be "Building Alternative Livelihoods in times of ecological and political crisis". Key Principles will be: High social impact and low environmental damageParticipationConstructive dialogueEquality, diversity and presence More information to follow in… Continue reading The International Degrowth Conference 2020 will be in Manchester

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Of Markets and Militaries: When will the industries of war fall silent?

by Kevin Albertson Originally published 9 Nov, 2018 on the Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) website, also 10 Nov, on the RSA site.  Here we reproduce the hyperlinked MMU version. Professor Kevin Albertson explains how World War I has shaped economic warfare in the modern world. #Armistice100: When will the industries of war fall silent? Professor… Continue reading Of Markets and Militaries: When will the industries of war fall silent?

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An economy that does not grow?

An economy that does not grow? Mark H Burton                                                                                                             pdf version Reposted from Steady State Manchester There is now plenty of evidence that economic growth is highly problematic for human welfare and survival. The evidence comes from three domains. 1) The ecological: continual growth uses up the resources that supply and the sinks that… Continue reading An economy that does not grow?