Life beyond growth
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Economic growth is the main objective of governments around the world. Growth leads to prosperity, employment and progress. Or does it? We've already exceeded the biophysical limits of the earth and growth is making things worse. We're fouling the globe with our wastes and threatening the natural systems on which humanity and other species depend. Even on its own terms, growth isn't working. Wealth doesn't translate into happiness. Poverty and unemployment are rife.
And yet when the system slows down things really fall apart. Consumption drops, bankruptcies pile-up, factories close, unemployment soars and social pathologies mulitply. It's a vicious circle. It used to be we needed more people to work because we needed the goods and the services they produce. Now we need to keep increasing production to keep people employed, to keep capital investment profitable and to keep the endless cycle of production and consumption spinning. There's got to be a better way.
How poor is too poor?
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