Plastics and degrowth: One of the more difficult questions. This article is a very good overview of the roots of the problem.
All this doesn’t stop manufacturers cynically trying to exploit people’s concerns over plastic waste. Many realized early on that claiming their product was recyclable would help sales, even if the facilities to recycle it did not exist. In most cases, big business finds it cheaper to produce new plastic than to recycle.
On a recent visit to Manchester Vincent Liegey discussed the myriad aspects of the degrowth movement and the upcoming international degrowth conference to be held in Manchester in 2020.
Growth vs degrowth!
by Julia Conley, staff writer
“The bulk of a generation of economic growth has been captured and concentrated in a few hands, and many people have barely seen any of it.”
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, and Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett are the three richest people in the U.S., with more combined wealth than the bottom 50% of the population. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images, Michael Cohen/Getty Images/The New York Times, Fortune Live Media/Flickr/cc) New data released by an economist focused on inequality and the accumulation of wealth by top earners explains the numbers behind Sen. Bernie Sanders’ often-cited statistic that the three richest Americans hold more wealth than the 160 million people who make up the bottom 50% of the population.
Our goal is to outline the general aspects of a political agenda for a gradual transition to a commons-oriented, social knowledge economy.
The degrowth movement is a relatively new contender in the economic and political debates that swirl around humanity’s future. Degrowthers believe we need a more modest and sane alternative to the constant pressures of expansion that are destroying the ecological basis of our existence. Author and essayist Richard Swift explores the degrowth alternative, in theory and in practice. **This episode originally aired December 13, 2013.
Michel Bauwens and Vasilis Kostakis
This essay tries to outline the general aspects of a political agenda for a gradual transition to a commons-oriented, social knowledge economy.