Selective degrowth is an idea that critiques global capitalism because of how it pursues growth at all costs, resulting in human exploitation and environmental destruction. The truth is that our global energy demand from constant growth is outpacing our ability to put renewables into the system - which makes it really hard to lower emissions.
Should we think about slowing down the growth of certain industries (like the production of mega yachts and private jets)? The degrowth movement advocates for a system that prioritises social and ecological well-being instead of corporate profits, over-production and excess consumption. Selective degrowth means transforming societies to ensure environmental justice and a good life for all within planetary boundaries. This idea is still very new but you can find out more with the organisations below.
Here are a few options you can choose from:
Post Growth Institute
The Post Growth Institute is an international, not for profit organisation working to enable collective wellbeing within ecological limits. They provide training and workshops as well as providing consultancy services.
The Simplicity Institute is an education and research centre based in Australia that aims to highlight the urgent need to move beyond growth-oriented economic systems and to champion the possibility of transforming civilisation through ‘prosperous descent’.
Degrowth Aotearoa is a small group focused on advocating for new ways of living within the biophysical limits of the planet. They run regular information sessions curated to their NZ context.
DegrowthUK aims to facilitate the networking of degrowth enthusiasts in the UK by providing a platform to share information on events, actions and news relevant to the degrowth movement.
Supporting selective degrowth is part of a larger collective response. Learn more and find other actions about selective degrowth.
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