By Florent Marcellesi
Growth is not the solution, it is the problem. In times of recession, societal growth leads to economic collapse and in good times, leads directly to ecological collapse. This “dilemma of growth” is translated either into socially unaffordable rates of unemployment and poverty when the economy sinks, or into the accelerated squandering of fossil fuels, further climate change, food crisis and loss of biodiversity when the economy sprouts . To exit this crossroads of the 21st century, we can’t rely on either austericide or a new “growth pact” (even painted green), obviously both imposed top-down.