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Former Utne Reader senior editor Keith Goetzman on environmental issues from climate change to composting.


Getting Over the Growth-Is-Good Myth

 by Keith Goetzman


Tags: economics, no-growth economics, climate change, sustainable business, environment, OnEarth, Keith Goetzman,

Occupy Wall Street protesterSome fallacies die long, slow, hard deaths, and it appears that’s what’s happening with the happy, comforting, brainless mantra “Growth is good.” The ongoing global economic recession and looming environmental catastrophe have finally caused a significant number of people to question just how we think we’re going to economically grow forever on a crowded planet with finite resources.

British economist Tim Jackson, author of the 2009 book Prosperity Without Growth, explains in a Q&A with OnEarth executive editor George Black that this previously unmentionable notion is gaining currency even among some forward-thinking business leaders:

Source: OnEarth 

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