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Slow alternative: The case for degrowth.

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We can attribute climate change and material extraction to the constant increase of the economy, the constant increase of production and consumption of materials... There is a very clear link between economic growth and environmental damage, and there's a very clear link between economic growth and social damage, in the sense that we sacrifice more and more of our public infrastructures, of our commons, of good conditions of everyone - in pursuit of a few decimals of GDP growth.

Giorgos Kallis and Susan Paulson examine the consequences of expansive capitalism at the world's ecological and social breaking point, and explain why degrowth - a project of economic de-escalation and renewed social commoning - can radically rebuild a world that cares for all people within.

Giorgos and Susan are co-authors, with Giacomo D'Alisa and Federico Demaria, of the book The Case for Degrowth from Polity.

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Giorgos Kallis

Giorgos Kallis is ICREA Professor at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Autonomous University of Barcelona.

 

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Susan Paulson

Susan Paulson is Professor at the Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida.