This No-Nonsense Guide looks deeper into the idea of economic growth – to trace its history and understand why it has become so unchallengeable and powerful.
The world's addiction to economic growth continues with barely any recognition that this is a problem. Indeed, in a Western world currently dominated by austerity measures and ducking in and out of recession, growth is seen even by progressives as the only possible solution for our economic and social woes.
This No-Nonsense Guide looks deeper into the idea of economic growth – to trace its history and understand why it has become so unchallengeable and powerful. And then it goes beyond that to present the alternative – how we can kick our dirty habit, how degrowth can be turned into a positive and how we can arrive at a new levels of environmental sustainability without having to turn the clock back to the Dark Ages.
Foreword by Peter A Victor
1. The Growth Machine
2. Sources, sinks and services
3. Climate change and carbon footprints
4. Peak oil and tar sands
5. Profits, debt and the growth imperative
6. GDP and happiness
7. Life on the treadmill
8. On the road to degrowth
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This book contains a lot of clearly stated, no-nonsense arguments against our growth obsession, and for a steady state economy. Highly recommended!
The challenge of our time is to reinsert ourselves back into the natural world to recognize the complete unsustainability of the modern world. Books like this get us started in out thinking and in out actions.