As a friend of Post Carbon Institute, I want to make sure you know about “Climate After Growth: Why Environmentalists Must Embrace Post-Growth Economics & Community Resilience,” which Rob Hopkins (the founder of the Transition Movement) and I just released.
In it, we argue that as long as our elected officials continue to prioritize economic growth above all else no meaningful climate policies will be enacted. The risks of further inaction cannot be overstated.
But chasing after robust economic growth is a fool’s errand. Those days are over. In fact, we are are experiencing dramatic “new normals” in our energy, climate, and economic systems that require whole new strategies.
In the paper, Rob and I make the case that the environmental community must recognize these “new normals” and adjust its strategies accordingly. A key component, in our view, must be a focus on building community resilience.
By making community resilience a top priority, environmentalists can offer an alternative to the “growth at all costs” story, one in which taking control of our basic needs locally has multiple benefits. Community resilience-building can create new enterprises and meaningful work, and increase well-being even as GDP inevitably falters. It can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on fossil fuels, while addressing social and economic inequities. And it can strengthen the social cohesion necessary to withstand periods of crisis.
I hope that you can take the time to review “Climate After Growth” and share it with others.