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Systems, change and growth - Huff and Brock

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Presentation from week 1 of the System Change HIVE that outlines big ideas about the environment and some criticisms of capitalism.

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Systems, change and growth - Huff and Brock

  1. 1. Hive Session I Amber Huff and Andrea Brock University of Sussex 6th February 2019 Systems, change and growth
  2. 2. Today’s crises • Climate catastrophe • Acidification of the oceans • 6th mass extinction • Land degradation 75% of global land areas degraded 2
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  5. 5. Welcome to the Anthropocene
  6. 6. Crossing planetary boundaries? 7
  7. 7. Who is “We”? What is the problem with this narrative?
  8. 8. Five interconnected trends and feedbacks: • Population growth • Industrial and capital growth • Land/food availability • Depletion of non- renewable resources • Deterioration of the environment/pollution (1972)
  9. 9. ‘Scarcity’ The Limits to Growth (1972) Environmental economics Ecological economics The Sustainable Development Paradigm Scarcity, conflict and security concerns Substantivist, institutionalist and entitlements approaches
  10. 10. 12 Accumulation and re- deployment of capital is the engine that powers growth (i.e. accumulation). This cycle depends on ‘growth’ in the exploitation of both human labour and nature. How is this ‘logic’ related to crises?
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  12. 12. What of ‘limits’? 14 More of the same Same of the same Less of the same Something different
  13. 13. 2. Ecological footprints https://footprint.wwf.org.uk/questionnaire You? UK: Quatar: China: Haiti: Average world: 9.7 35 4.5 0.21 4.9
  14. 14. The global picture • 70 percent of global emissions come from just 100 companies 16
  15. 15. (Rockström, 2011) Growth and transgressing boundaries

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