A new short pamphlet from the Irwell Group looks at the zero-growth option for Manchester’s economy in the light of economic recession and the spectre of runaway climate change. The old approach of trying to get 3.5% growth for ever is not going to work, and if it did the results would be increased inequality and climate suicide.
Go to the Irwell Group site: http://irwellgroup.wordpress.com/2011/12/04/102/
Report from the Worldwatch Institute reported by the Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jan/12/climate-change-greed-environment-threat
The average American (sic they mean UnitedStatesian) consumes more than his or her weight in products each day, fuelling a global culture of excess that is emerging as the biggest threat to the planet, according to a report published today. In its annual report, Worldwatch Institute says the cult of consumption and greed could wipe out any gains from government action on climate change or a shift to a clean energy economy.
No surprises here but useful to have this one to cite. As we have argued (and see also John Bellamy Foster) this is the central problem – but it isn’t a matter of greed or even a cult of consumption – it is a matter of a capitalist system that requires endless production-consumption in the intersts of the treadmill of capital accumulation. This is what has to stop – anything else is merely cosmetic because it does’t put out the fire beneath the planet.