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Prosperity without Growth. Tim Jackson 8 th October 2010 Berlin. The Dilemma of Growth. Rockstrom et al, Nature 461, Sept 2009. Growth is unsustainable. The Dilemma of Growth. Growth is unsustainable De-growth is unstable. The Dilemma of Growth. Growth is unsustainable

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Prosperity without Growth

Tim Jackson

8th October 2010

Berlin


The dilemma of growth
The Dilemma of Growth

Rockstrom et al, Nature 461, Sept 2009

  • Growth is unsustainable


The dilemma of growth1
The Dilemma of Growth

  • Growth is unsustainable

  • De-growth is unstable


The dilemma of growth2
The Dilemma of Growth

  • Growth is unsustainable

  • De-growth is unstable

    • the pursuit of labour productivity



The myth of decoupling1
The Myth of Decoupling

Source: Prosperity without growth, Tim Jackson (London, Earthscan 2009)

x 130 improvement

CO2/$ < zero by 2100?


The engine of growth

Credit

The Engine of Growth

  • shareholder value

  • creative destruction

Firms

Spending

Income

Increasing

productivity

Investment

Novelty

Price

Households

  • status consumption

  • a life without shame


A Better Nature?

Novelty

Other

Self

Tradition


Another Prosperity

  • Prosperity consists in our ability to flourish as human beings – within the ecological limits of a finite planet

  • material conditions: food , clothing, shelter

  • social and psychological flourishing: identity, meaning

  • the role of social goods and public spaces


A different economy
A Different Economy

Ecological Investment

Ecological Enterprise

Ecological Macroeconomics


Ecological investment
Ecological Investment

low carbon transition

ecological assets

social goods

decent livelihoods


Ecological enterprise
Ecological Enterprise

  • providing services

  • building capabilities

  • supporting communities

  • treading lightly


The productivity dilemma
The Productivity Dilemma

Productivity growth in Europe 1985 - 2005

Ecological Enterprise

Low-carbon, resource efficient economic activities that provide employment, support communities and contribute to human flourishing


Every search saves rainforest!

Each free web search saves about 2.4 yd² of rainforest. We have already protected 13,690,860 yd²


Ecological Macroeconomics

Ecosystems

Ecological

investment

Ecosystem

services

ecological

productivity

Ecological

enterprise

Participation

Capabilities

improved

flourishing

People


Ecological footsteps
Ecological Footsteps

Establish the limits

Fix the economics

Change the social logic


Ecological footsteps1
Ecological Footsteps

  • Establish the Limits

    • 1. Establishing clearly defined resource/emissions caps

    • 2. Fiscal Reform for Sustainability

    • 3. Promoting Technology Transfer and Ecosystem Protection

  • Fix the Economics

    • 4. Developing the macro-economics of sustainability

    • 5. Investing in public assets and infrastructures

    • 6. Increasing financial and fiscal prudence

    • 7. Improving macro-economic accounting

  • Change the social logic

    • 8. Sharing the work and improving the work-life balance

    • 9. Tackling systemic inequality

    • 10 Measuring capabilities and flourishing

    • 11 Strengthening human and social capital

    • 12 Reversing the culture of consumerism


‘The crisis doesn’t only make us free to imagine other models, another future, another world. It obliges us to do so.’

President Sarkozy, September 2009

http://www.earthscan.co.uk/pwg


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