Degrowth in movement(s) |

From the organizers of the Leipzig conference

What is the relation between the degrowth movement and other social movements and perspectives? What can the degrowth movement learn from these other movements? And the other way around, what can other social movements and perspectives learn from each other as well as from degrowth ideas and practices? What common proposals, but also which contradictions, oppositions and tensions exist? What alliances could be possible?

In 32 essays, representatives of different social movements, currents or initiatives discuss these and other questions. (list with all authors – in German only). The texts are published together with images, as well as audio and video recordings.

With regards to the translation into English, so far we have translated roughly two thirds of the texts.

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Friends of the Earth Europe’s new publication on Sufficiency

Dear degrowthers,

Friends of the Earth Europe has just published the booklet “Sufficiency: Moving beyond the gospel of eco-efficiency“, suggesting how policy makers can put an intelligent restraint on economic growth and consumption.

In this booklet we suggest introducing hard limitations to unsustainable trends—in particular to overconsumption—and putting emphasis on distributional justice. Seven chapters written by sustainability and economics experts plus a foreword by Janez Potočnik (Co-chair of the International Resource Panel and former European Commissioner for the Environment) shed light on different angles of sufficiency and formulate concrete recommendations to EU policy makers. The booklet ends with a discussion of several eco-social policies that can start the transition towards an “economics of enough”.

The topic hasn’t made it to mainstream yet – but it should!

So any help is appreciated to promote this little gem which is compiling approaches by experts of different domains.

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In the name of the Mother (Le Monde diplomatique – English edition, April 2018)

by Maëlle Mariette

‘Pachamama is a reality in the indigenous world,’ said Alberto Acosta, energy and mining minister in 2007 and president of the 2008 Constituent Assembly which, encouraged by President Rafael Correa, granted rights to nature and ecosystems. This was a world first and effectively recognised Pachamama. Acosta is now an opponent of Correa, accusing him of betraying his promise by allowing the continued exploitation of natural resources; Acosta represents an environmentalism that is highly regarded abroad.

‘To indigenous people, Pachamama isn’t just a metaphor, as it is in the western world. Native peoples see the Earth as a mother. They have a very close relationship with her. Of course, not all indigenous people view things like this; after all they’ve had 500 years of ongoing colonisation. The indigenous world hasn’t been spared by the logic of capitalism, individualism, consumerism or productivism. But there are still communities which organise their social, political, economic and cultural life around ideas such as Pachamama and sumak kawsay [good living].’

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Can information technology save global fisheries?

Can Information Technology Save Global Fisheries?
Masses of new data reveal where fish are being captured and by whom, and what determines fishing schedules. Will this information lead to sustainable fishing, so long as profit rules?

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The rise – and future – of the degrowth movement

A decade after the first international ‘degrowth’ conference, FEDERICO DEMARIA charts the evolution of the term from a provocative activist slogan to what he says is now an academic concept taking hold with policymakers

This year we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 1º international degrowth conference in Paris, April 2008. This event introduced the originally French activist slogan décroissance into the English-speaking world and international academia as degrowth.

In this article at The Ecologist, I chart the evolution of the term from a provocative activist slogan to an academic concept taking hold with policymakers.

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Can technology save the environment? The ambiguous case of the whales

Why petroleum didn’t save the whales
Abstract – Richard York
Ironically, even though fossil fuels provided substitutes for the main uses of whale oil, the rise of fossil fuel use in the
nineteenth century served to increase the intensity of whaling. The connections between fossil fuels and whaling are
an example of the unanticipated consequences that frequently come with technological change. I draw on political/economic theory to explain why fossil fuels served to escalate rather than eliminate whaling. The case of whaling highlights the limited potential for technological developments to help overcome environmental problems without concurrent political, economic, and social change that supports conservation.

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Degrowth in the clothing industry?

A capitalist approach to “degrowth”? Interesting analysis of clothing sector energy use.

The Clothing Industry Is Set to Consume a Quarter of the Global Carbon Supply by 2050

In an industry based on bottomless consumption, ever-cheaper prices, and ever-declining labor and environmental standards, fast fashion and earth-friendly just don’t seem to match.

Manufacturers would systematically decrease the pace and intensity of production, so that a company’s energy consumption would automatically shrink to fit the reduced resource needs for fewer garments and less overseas exporting. As the carbon footprint downsizes in production, circularity would be encouraged in the retail market as well by designing more durable styles, which could be worn for years, rather than become disposable within a few months. EMF also recommends creating a second shelf life for used clothing by expanding the marketing of resold and rented apparel.

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