Posting from the Leipzig conference on degrowth

I’ve been at the 4th International Conference on Degrowth in Leipzig Germany this week and it has been exhausting and energizing. I’ll post a few items from other blogs and hopefully eventually get down to writing my own impressions in the next week as I travel around Europe to a conference in London, another two weeks at Can Decreix in France and eventually in Paris for all of October.

Starting here with a post from EJOLT (Environmental Justice Organizations, Liability and Trade) in Barcelona, colleagues from the Research and Degrowth unit at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

The Growing Debate on Degrowth

By Nick Meynen.

Why are a record 3000 thinkers gathering from 2 to 6 September in the German city Leipzig to discuss how we can get our economy to degrow? One reason is that a growing body of research from various disciplines shows that a policy focus on GDP growth is the major driver behind the long-term destruction of the conditions that make live enjoyable on this Earth. Another is that it makes sense to look into how all people on this planet could have a good life – an impossible feat if we stick to the current GDP growth model.

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