Credit: Post-Growth Institute (http://postgrowth.org/). All rights reserved. Green growth is a myth. Because it ignores the social, political and personal dimensions of sustainability, it can never cut deep enough into the structures of self and society to secure solutions to the crises that we face, says Andre Reichel. In discussions of the future of economic growth, ‘business as usual’ is not an option. The alternative, say many, is ‘green growth’: growth that is resource-efficient, low-carbon and socially-inclusive. In this line of thinking, green growth is the key to managing climate change, bringing eco-friendly development to emerging economies, renewing economic structures in industrialized nations, and creating more jobs to employ a rising population. Unfortunately, green growth is a myth, or at least an inadequate response to the challenges that lie ahead. Because it ignores the social, political and personal dimensions of sustainability, it can never cut deep … (To read the full article, subscribe below)
André Reichel is a research fellow at the European Centre for Sustainability Research at Zeppelin University in Germany. More information can be found at his website: www.andrereichel.de.
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