Growth and sustainability: When can enough be enough? – Friday (31/01/14)
Is sustainable growth a contradiction in terms or is it the only realistic pathway? Could it be neither or both of these? Is economic growth really incompatable with decreasing carbon emissions and environmental burdens? Are we driving growth, or is it driving us? What does questioning growth imply for modern societies and mainstream economics? When can enough be enough; for people, organisations and nations?
Julia Steinberger, a physicist by training, and now a lecturer in ecoligical economics at the Sustainability Research Institute of the University of Leeds. She researchers the resource requirements of human and economic development, and how we might do more with less.