22 October 2008

New Scientist; old news

The New Scientist has a special report this week on how our economy is destroying the earth. In their own words:
Consumption of resources is rising rapidly, biodiversity is plummeting and just about every measure shows humans affecting Earth on a vast scale. Most of us accept the need for a more sustainable way to live, by reducing carbon emissions, developing renewable technology and increasing energy efficiency.
But are these efforts to save the planet doomed? A growing band of experts are looking at figures like these and arguing that personal carbon virtue and collective environmentalism are futile as long as our economic system is built on the assumption of growth.

So what’s new? More than three decades ago, the Club of Rome report Limits to Growth pointed out very clearly that an economic system based on the assumption of growth is ultimately unsustainable in a finite world.

1 comment:

Derek Wall said...

'We thus have any interesting problem, economic growth is unsustainable for a variety of reasons, however it is inherent in a modern capitalist economy. Providing alternatives to capitalism is no easy task but it is necessary. I suspect that ultimately it is easier to change the economic system than basic ecological realities, however most commentators reverse my approach'

http://another-green-world.blogspot.com/2008/10/why-system-requires-economic-growth.html is my analysis that went towards the Sustainable Development Commission discussion on growth, that is in turn debated in New Scientist.