Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Shall We Discuss Economic Growth?

Some quotes from George Monbiot’s article titled “It’s Simple.  If we can’t change our economic system, our numbers up.” 

Ignore if you must climate change, biodiversity collapse, the depletion of water, soil, minerals, oil; even if all these issues miraculously vanished, the mathematics of compound growth make continuity impossible.

Economic growth is an artefact of the use of fossil fuels.

As the volume of the global economy expands, everywhere that contains something concentrated, unusual, precious, will be sought out and exploited, its resources extracted and dispersed, the world's diverse and differentiated marvels reduced to the same grey stubble.

Efficiency solves nothing while growth continues.

That's how you measure the depth of this problem: by our inability even to discuss it.

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