Introduction to Degrowth

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Introduction to Degrowth

  1. 1. Introduction Degrowth François Schneider Research & Degrowth ICTA, UAB [email_address] WWW.DEGROWTH.NET
  2. 2. We are living in times when humans are meeting the limits of industrial development
  3. 4. What is degrowth? An “ equitable downscaling of production and consumption that increases human well-being and enhances ecological conditions at the local and global level, in the short and long term”. Cleaner Production 18 (2010) 511–51 Degrowth is not a goal in itself
  4. 5. Multiple strategies of degrowth Degrowth is supported by a movement which involves a range of strategies, which includes <ul><li>oppositions & “ dissensus ”
  5. 6. voluntary simplicity and frugal innovations
  6. 7. theorisation & Divulgation in science and arts
  7. 8. struggles and political actions for the change of some institutions
  8. 9. struggles and political actions to conserve some institutions. </li></ul>
  9. 10. Convergence of strategies 2- Alter-growth Voluntary Simplicity 1- Anti-growth Civil Desobedience 4- De-growth Redistribution Cultural Change 5- No-growth Sustainable society 3- A-growth: Research & Divulgation
  10. 11. Multiple concerns of degrowth Degrowth is a voluntary reduction of the economic system for reasons of : <ul>1- resource constraints 2- well-being 3- equality 4- ecosystems sustainability 5- cultural diversity 6- democracy </ul>
  11. 12. <ul>1- resource constraints </ul>
  12. 13. <ul>Forecast of energetic degrowth in the world? </ul>
  13. 14. For the meaning of life <ul>2- well-being </ul>
  14. 15. 20% of humanity (Industrialised countries)‏ contribute to 86% of world spendings possess 87% of the cars of the world (...) <ul>3- equality </ul>
  15. 16. There are more than 500 000 000 cars in the world
  16. 17.  With the generalisation of the rate of motorization in the world, we would have 6 times more cars in 50 years (3 billions cars)
  17. 18. www.ladecroissance.net/ <ul>4- ecosystems sustainability </ul>
  18. 20. For human relations & Conviviality <ul>5- cultural diversity </ul>
  19. 21.  March for degrowth - 2005
  20. 23. For a deepening of democracy <ul>6- democracy </ul>
  21. 24. CASSEURS DE PUB
  22. 25. “ with a degrowth of 4% for 30 years we could avoid climate catatrophe , final exhaustion of natural resources and save our economy while in the same time save humanity and nature even if you consider this secondary” Extract from the postcard to the ministry in 2001
  23. 26. <ul>Economic </ul><ul>Social </ul><ul>Environmental </ul><ul>Economy </ul><ul>Sustainable Development I </ul>
  24. 27. <ul>Social </ul><ul>Environmental </ul><ul>Economy </ul>
  25. 28. <ul>Sustainable <li>Development </li></ul><ul>Environment </ul><ul>Social </ul><ul>Economic </ul>Environment <ul>Social </ul><ul>Economic </ul><ul>Sustainable Degrowth </ul>

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