Welcome to the Degrowth / Decroissance Canada web site.
We are a small not-for-profit organization recently set-up by a number of participants and organizers of the International Conference on Degrowth in the Americas (Montreal 13-20 May 2012) to act as a vehicle for communications across Canada on regional and local degrowth activities.
In our “mission statement” we said:
- The mission of Degrowth/Decroissance Canada is to actively engage and mobilize citizens in Canada in the global degrowth movement. Degrowth/Decroissance Canada is organized based on self-management and aims to use a transdisciplinary approach; grassroots, bottom-up participation; and the integration of civil society in its research and discussions. To articulate the needs and aspirations of the Americas for a post-growth, more equitable and better world, Degrowth/Decroissance Canada will work with others in the organization of the Montreal International Conference on Degrowth in the Americas, 2012. Post-conference, we will continue to engage and mobilize citizens in degrowth activities that challenge the growth–driven economic model on which existing policies are based. Our ultimate goal is to enable Canada to smoothly transition into a degrowth society ripe with social and environmental justice
In practice, we hope to facilitate communications between Canadians interested in degrowth, be it locally, regionally, nationally or internationally – i.e. we want to be a tool.
Bridges will be a periodical publication that aims at collaborative research, that promotes interregional alliances to help engage citizens and mobilize them into actions related to the degrowth movement.
We hope to Identify and promote collaborative experiences that challenge the dominant paradigm. (Experiences: workshops, public lectures, art and actions in public spaces, alternative communities)
We hope to provide tools and resources for social actors at all scales (starting from local communities to the international community) to critically reflect on current degrowth dialogues, in order to develop and articulate new degrowth pathways.
We’ll shortly be posting materials here. In the meanwhile, please have a look at the Montreal 2012 conference web site.