3 responses to “Green growth or post-growth?”

  1. Endov

    Richard Heinberg has written a thoughtful piece. “What’s needed is a contraction pathway that minimizes human suffering, averts the worst environmental impacts, and yields the best ultimate outcome of sustainable and thriving human cultures situated in functioning, restabilizing ecosystems.”
    Read more at http://www.resilience.org/stories/2014-07-22/two-realities

  2. allaboutmoney

    Check out this interesting interview with Erik Assadourian about growth and degrowth http://www.makingitmagazine.net/?p=8163

  3. Shyamadas Banerji

    There are many fallacies in this article about green growth which is just a short hand term for sustainable growth. The simple reason why green growth as understood by people in general hasn’t reached its goals is because economies have adopted the basic tenets in a very limited way. We need to better understand the benchmarks for measuring green growth processes. I have proposed a definition of sustainable growth and how to measure it. Perfect competition is the benchmark by which the efficiency of markets is judged. It is a theoretical standard. All markets deviate from this ideal in varying degrees. To realize true sustainable growth, the economy needs organic, internal growth mechanisms which have positive total factor productivity (TFP). Therefore, let me propose a benchmark for efficient sustainable growth. It would be defined as an economy-wide growth process where all factor inputs provided by all economic agents lead to no adverse negative externalities on the environment and consumers (Pareto optimal) and which lead to positive growing economic returns, strictly monotonic, in TFP for the economy. Sustainable growth efficiency would be measured by TFP subject to the Pareto optimality constraint.

    I am optimistic that technological advances and improvements in the governance and political economy of countries can and will bring about efficient sustainable growth measured in the way I have proposed to define it. Policy makers need to develop an understanding of the basic concepts of sustainable growth and exercise a collective will to pursue this overarching objective. The issue is that how can an enlightened group further this process in practical terms. There are many NGOs and university/think tank researchers who are working on these issues and are advancing knowledge. The IPCC is working on this constantly. Clearly they have had some success but based on where the situation stands today, they have a long way to go.

    What can we do to assist the organizations working to influence the will of policymakers? Some modest proposals: We can invite members/representatives of both sides (green NGOs/ institutions and the deniers) to participate in this forum actively and discuss the issues objectively without emotion. We can invite the policymakers too if possible to join the debate. We can chart out a strategy and action program to influence policymakers to present the case for adopting sustainable growth to their constituencies, including resource-exploiting companies, so that a broader consensus is reached and binding agreements, fair to all parties, including monitored follow up actions, are adopted.

    I would appreciate any thoughts and comments.