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Reflecting on the emerging strategy debate in the degrowth movement

Von Nathan Barlow and Joe Herbert.

This piece will close the ten-part degrowth.info series on strategy, highlighting some of the key insights and charting the development of the strategy debate within degrowth. We will then offer some insights on how our own understanding of strategy and degrowth has changed over the last two years since we first urged the community to engage with this topic more. Finally, we will consider the promising idea of a Degrowth International and offer some potential pathways forward for the degrowth movement.

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Feminism against resource extraction

Von Nisha Eswaran

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, violence against women is increasing. More women are isolated at home with abusive partners and without resources and opportunities to leave. In Canada, where only a few months ago funding for Ontario rape crisis centres was slashed by $1 million, the political pressure to intervene in gendered violence has increased. weiterlesen

Degrowth Vienna 2020: Reflections upon the conference and how to move forward – Part I

Von Viviana Asara

The conference “Degrowth Vienna 2020: Strategies for Socio-ecological transformation” took place online between May and June 2020, in the midst of a pandemic crisis. This two-part piece will firstly reflect upon the conference (part I) and then propose ways to move forward (part II).

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The need for an academic Degrowth journal

Von Ben Robra and Timothée Parrique

Degrowth is a thriving academic field, but one without a home. It can be a struggle to publish degrowth-related articles in the current journal environment. If successful, authors must often surrender the ownership of their work to commercial journals. After more than a decade of degrowth research, and with a growing number of scholars engaged in the field, we believe the time has come to start our own journal. This blog post is an invitation to imagine how such a journal could be organised.weiterlesen

Gutes Leben für Alle heißt Sozialismus: Was Degrowth von Corbyn & Co lernen kann

Von Lukas und Max

Degrowth hat sich in den vergangenen Jahren als attraktiv für Menschen erwiesen, die dem bestehenden Wirtschaftssystem gegenüber ein Unwohlsein erfahren, wenn auch meist kaum materielles Leiden. Die wachstumskritische Diskussion kann einen Einstieg in grundsätzlichere Kapitalismuskritik bieten. Bei Degrowth-Konferenzen und in zahllosen kleineren Veranstaltungen werden jedoch die ständig gleichen Diskussionen um die politische Bedeutung individueller Suffizienz und „rebellischer Kaufentscheidungen” geführt, während radikalere Akteur*innen sich von politischen Realitäten losgelöst in die Utopieplanung vertiefen. Während die einen für das Umweltbundesamt kapitalismuskompatible Entkopplungsphantasien entwerfen, leisten die anderen bis zur Erschöpfung Widerstand gegen die Kohleindustrie. So bleibt Wachstumskritik für die allermeisten Menschen realitätsfremd und unattraktiv. Es wird Zeit, wachstumskritische Positionen als Teil einer größeren, linken Vision zu formulieren. Ein solches politisches Projekt muss das Ziel einer global solidarischen, d.h. gerechten und ökologisch nachhaltigen Produktions- und Lebensweise mit konkreten Schritten zur Umsetzung verbinden. Dafür kann und sollte Degrowth einiges von den Bewegungen für einen Demokratischen Sozialismus in Großbritannien um Corbyn und Momentum und den USA um Bernie Sanders und Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez lernen.

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Save people – not planes!

Von Tone Smith

The aviation industry has avoided regulation, taxation and climate responsibility for years. Now they ask for public bail-outs. Here’s why they shouldn’t get it and how you can contribute.

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Book review: ‘Degrowth/Postwachstum’. A German introduction to Degrowth

Von Gerrit Stegehuis

Last summer, Matthias Schmelzer and Andrea Vetter, both from the Konzeptwerk Neue Ökonomie in Leipzig, published the book ‘Degrowth/Postwachstum’. With this book, they provide the first introduction to degrowth in German. For lack of a good German translation of ‘degrowth’ they use ‘Postwachstum’ more or less as a synonym. First they describe how our societies came to depend on growth, and they present various strands of criticism on growth. After that, they discuss definitions of degrowth, goals of the movement, they present concrete proposals, and discuss the strategy.

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Multiple Perspektiven des Weltklimastreiks in Wien am 15. März 2019

Von Nathan Barlow, Colleen Schneider, Nikolai Weber, und Frederik Amann

Am 15. März 2019 fand in über 100 Ländern der Erde ein von “Fridays for Future” organisiert Klima-Streik statt, bei dem über eine Millionen Schüler_innen auf die Straßen gingen. Wir haben drei Personen aus Wien, die verschiedenen Strömungen der Klimagerechtigkeitsbewegung angehören, gefragt, was sie zu dem Streik sagen.

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What happens to wellbeing when economies do not grow?

Von Andrew Fanning

Ten years ago G20 leaders committed a staggering $5 trillion of public funds to rescue the banks and restore growth during the largest economic contraction in modern times. The economies of an unprecedented number of countries — and their associated environmental footprints — experienced very low growth over the decade that followed.weiterlesen

Before strategy, who is strategising?

Von Jocelyne Sze and Omar Saif

This article is part of a series on degrowth.info discussing strategy in the degrowth movement. The introduction to the series and an ongoing list of contributions can be found here.

In the article “Beyond visions and projects…”, by Herbert, Barlow, Frey, Ambach, and Cigna, the authors persuasively set out the case for a more explicit debate on strategy in the degrowth movement. Highlighting the umbrella nature of degrowth, its plurality and openness as positive (and we would add distinguishing) aspects of the movement, they problematise its resultant ‘strategic indeterminism’ as a possible barrier to moving towards a degrowth society.

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Year end reflections on the Malmö degrowth conference 2018

Von Clàudia Custòdio Martínez

The 6th International Degrowth Conference finished on Saturday, the 25th of August with a demonstration under the rain in the center of Malmö. Typical weather for the end of August in Sweden, and very welcomed after the past worryingly dry months.weiterlesen

Climate mitigation scenario – Contains growth and other normative substances

Von Kai Kuhnhenn

We all use models in daily life to explain our environment. An example: I assume that a tree will grow provided it has sufficient water, nutrients and sun. I am using a simple model here, without understanding the nitty-gritty – what exactly happens in the roots, stem, leaves and cells.

Thinking in models is not only useful to understand our world, but also to solve problems. Let’s assume the tree is standing in front of my house. I know that when it’s bigger it will cast more and more shade on my house, thus reducing the sunlight reaching the rooms. If I am to prevent this, I can turn to my simple mental model and find out which factors I can and want to change in reality.weiterlesen

A Conference for Digitalization and Sustainability? Reflections on Bits & Bäume

Von Nicolas Guenot, Nina Treu, Nick von Andrian

What could an alliance of techies and greens bring for a social, democratic and ecological future? The conference “Bits and Trees” (“Bits & Bäume” in German), which took place in Berlin on November 17th and 18th of this year, tried to shed light on this question. It brought together around 1.700 people interested and organized around digitalization and sustainability.weiterlesen

COP24: climate protesters must get radical and challenge economic growth

Von Christine Corlet Walker

At the COP24 conference in Poland, countries are aiming to finalise the implementation plan for the 2015 Paris Agreement. The task has extra gravity in the wake of the recent IPCC report declaring that we have just 12 years to take the action needed to limit global warming to that infamous 1.5ᵒC target.weiterlesen

How do you degrow?

Von Constanza Hepp

We live nextdoor to my partner’s grandmother, Maria, who was born during the Second World War in Northern Italy. This means that she knows what hard times look like. Maria could not believe we would be using washable diapers for our baby boy. With genuine surprise she asked me, “why?”, and then she was curious in which pot we were planning to boil the diapers. In her eyes, we could not possibly be choosing to use washable diapers – to her, an extinct garment reminiscent of poverty and manual labour – when there exists the comfort of the disposable. Therefore, it must be that we cannot afford disposable diapers. Needless to say, for the first six months of our son’s life, every time Maria went to the supermarket, she bought us a packet of disposable diapers.

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