ECOLOGICALLY VIABLE ECONOMIC TRANSITIONS
- Article: “Sooner or later, we have to stop economic growth — and we’ll be better for it”, Richard Heinberg, published in Ensia, January 8, 2019. “The end of growth will come one day, perhaps very soon, whether we’re ready or not. If we plan for and manage it, we could well wind up with greater well-being.” (https://ensia.com/voices/end-economic-growth-economy)
- Journal Article: Wiedmann, T., Lenzen, M., Keyßer, L.T. et al. Scientists’ warning on affluence. Nat Commun 11, 3107 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-16941-y.
- For over half a century, worldwide growth in affluence has continuously increased resource use and pollutant emissions far more rapidly than these have been reduced through better technology. The affluent citizens of the world are responsible for most environmental impacts and are central to any future prospect of retreating to safer environmental conditions. We summarise the evidence and present possible solution approaches. Any transition towards sustainability can only be effective if far-reaching lifestyle changes complement technological advancements. However, existing societies, economies and cultures incite consumption expansion and the structural imperative for growth in competitive market economies inhibits necessary societal change.
- Book: Thomas Princen and other editors, Ending the Fossil Fuel Era (MIT Press, 2016). Case studies from around the world on reducing consumption of fossil fuels. Studies compiled by a University of Michigan specialist.
Please see the Earthcare Committee webpage for more information about the Meeting’s efforts for environment and climate justice.