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The economic crisis of 2008-09 brings a new perspective. Economic degrowth can be good for the environment but it must be socially sustainable. The Degrowth movement advocates for the downscaling of production and consumption as they lie at the root of long term environmental issues and social inequalities. Attempts have been made to greenwash the economy, but without success.
The Copenhagen summit last winter is a clear evidence that overproduction and ecology do not work together...The aim of the degrowth movement is to maxmize happiness and well-being (rather than Gross Domestic Product -GDP!) through non-consumptive means—sharing work, consuming less, while devoting more time to art, music, family, culture and community. At the individual level, degrowth is achieved by voluntary simplicity.
How do we de-grow the economy and maintain jobs? The evidence is overwhelming ...