Europe’s addiction to economic growth is quite literally consuming nature and wrecking the climate. It’s clear that current production and consumption patterns are no longer sustainable. In a recent report, the European Environmental Agency (EEA) has confirmed what we already knew: we cannot have infinite growth on a finite planet. The only solution available to EU leaders is to rethink and reinvent the idea of progress.
Stephane Arditi, Director of Policy Integration and Circular Economy at EEB
Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director, European Environmental Agency
Lorenzo Benini, System Assessments and Sustainability Expert and co-author of the Growth without economic growth report, European Environmental Agency
Zora Kovacic, Postdoctoral Research Fellow and one of the main authors of the Growth without economic growth report, University of Bergen
Anthony Agotha, Senior Diplomatic Expert and Member of the Cabinet of Executive Vice-President Timmermans, European Commission
Philippe Lamberts, Member of the European Parliament, Greens/European Free Alliance
Climate change, pollution, the loss of biodiversity and natural capital is tightly coupled to economic activities and economic growth.
Full decoupling of economic growth and resource consumption may not be possible.
Doughnut economics, post-growth and degrowth are alternatives to mainstream conceptions of economic growth that offer valuable insights.
The European Green Deal and other political initiatives for a sustainable future require not only technological change but also changes in consumption and social practices.
Growth is culturally, politically and institutionally ingrained. Change requires us to address these barriers democratically. The various communities that live simply offer inspiration for social innovation.