Degrowth is a movement that challenges our current system of growth at all costs and excessive focus on GDP, causing human exploitation and environmental destruction. Instead it emphasizes the need for rich countries to scale down their consumption and production. It advocates for a socially just and ecologically sustainable society by highlighting the importance of autonomy, care work, self-organization, commons, community, localism, work sharing, happiness and conviviality.
Video credits: TEDx Talks, published on Jun 13, 2014
After going through the ideas about circular economy, cradle to cradle and degrowth, which of them have you heard or applied in your life? Which of them is a new one for you? Do you know some other examples not mentioned here? What would you like to pick up and try in your life? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Organize an alternative party with friends to learn about alternative systems. Use the following questions to discuss with your friends.
Which of these ideas have you heard or applied in your life? Which of them is a new one for you? Do you have some other examples to share with your friends? Which one of them do you find the most appealing? Choose one aspect, explore it further and try to implement it together in the following month. Share your experience in the comments below.
One advocate for ideas around degrowth is climate activist and author Naomi Klein with her 'Green New Deal'.