Degrowth is anything but a strategy to reduce the size of GDP | degrowth.de

While agreeing with many points of van den Bergh’s excellent review of the growth versus climate debate, I would like point to to a fundamental misrepresentation of the quoted research on degrowth: degrowth is not a strategy “aimed at reducing the size of the GDP”.

In fact, the degrowth proposition is that the relationship between fossil fuels/carbon emissions and GDP growth is mutual, and that a serious climate policy will slow down the economy, and a slower economy will emit less carbon – notwithstanding historical exceptions such as collapsing regimes burning their fossil fuels. Viable scenarios for successfully limiting climate change at a 2 0C rise involve both a slowing of the economy and a reduction of its carbon content. The question then is how to slow down while securing wellbeing?

https://www.degrowth.de/en/2017/03/degrowth-is-anything-but-a-strategy-to-reduce-the-size-of-gdp/

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