- Publisher: Between the Lines
- ISBN: 9781771131353
- Price: $13.95 CAD
- Publication Date: Mar 2014
- Rights: Canada
- Pages: 144
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No Nonsense Guide to Degrowth and Sustainability
The idea of constant economic growth has taken firm hold of policy and public consciousness over the last century. It is a mantra repeated with evangelical fervour: consumer spending and GDP must grow to keep the free market show on the road.
But this blind devotion ignores the obvious: that endless growth can’t be sustained in a world of finite resources. These resources are being consumed faster each year and we are starting to pay a heavy price.
Wayne Ellwood explores the history and psychology of the growth obsession and considers initiatives for true economic sustainability. Drawing on the work of many great thinkers, he delivers a vital, readable guide that illustrates how economic degrowth can be good for everyone.
1. The growth machine
2. Sources, sinks and services
3. Peak oil and tar sands
4. Climate change and carbon footprints
5. Profits, debt and the growth imperative
6. Measuring what counts: GDP and happiness
7. Life on the treadmill: buying, selling, working
8. On the road to degrowth
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About the Author
Wayne Ellwood is former co-editor of New Internationalist magazine. He worked as an associate producer with the BBC television series, Global Report, and edited the reference book, The A to Z of World Development. He is author of the No-Nonsense Guide to Degrowth and Sustainability.