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Sparked by the discussion on how our economy is based on continuous economic growth in this thread.
Is this possible? Liberal-hippie dream or necessary for the survival of humanity?
This report by the British Sustainable Development Commision ("The Government’s independent watchdog on sustainable development" according to themselves) seems to think it will be necessary in the future.
Every society clings to a myth by which it lives. Ours
is the myth of economic growth. For the last five
decades the pursuit of growth has been the single
most important policy goal across the world. The
global economy is almost five times the size it was
half a century ago. If it continues to grow at the
same rate the economy will be 80 times that size
by the year 2100.
This extraordinary ramping up of global economic
activity has no historical precedent. It’s totally at
odds with our scientific knowledge of the finite
resource base and the fragile ecology on which
we depend for survival. And it has already been
accompanied by the degradation of an estimated
60% of the world’s ecosystems.