Are we caught in a can’t win situation between the climate and the economy?
If demand grows and we consume more goods and resources the climate suffers. If demand increases through population growth the climate suffers. If demand decreases the economy suffers.
Can we develop a world that’s not dependent on continuous growth for economic stability? Can we have an equitable world that’s not dependent on ever greater numbers of consumers?
It’s time to think about how we can live better not bigger.
Economic growth in advanced nations has been weaker for longer than it has been in the lifetime of most people on earth.
This slow growth is not some new phenomenon, but rather the way it has been for 15 years and counting. In the United States, per-person gross domestic product rose by an average of 2.2 percent a year from 1947 through 2000 — but starting in 2001 has averaged only 0.9 percent. The economies of Western Europe and Japan have done worse than that.
We’re in a Low-Growth World. How Did We Get Here? http://nyti.ms/2aIWeW5