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Willkommen auf unserem Blog, der die verschiedensten Aspekte und Diskurse rund um unsere Degrowth-Projekte und Konferenzen beleuchtet. So zum Beispiel die Sommerschule zu Klimagerechtigkeit oder die Leipziger Degrowth-Konferenz. Über die verschiedenen Facetten von Degrowth und die wachsende Degrowth-Bewegung informieren wir vor allem auf Englisch. Die deutsche wachstumskritische Debatte findet zu einem großen Teil auf dem  “Blog Postwachstum” des Instituts für ökologische Wirtschaftsforschung (IÖW) statt, mit dem wir zusammenarbeiten. Falls Ihr Anmerkungen habt oder zum Blog beitragen möchten, kontaktiert uns bitte unter blog@degrowth.de.

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Degrowth and the emerging mosaic of alternatives

Von Corinna Burkhart, Matthias Schmelzer and Nina Treu

In the face of unfettered globalization, the rise of right-wing movements around the globe and the dangers of climate catastrophe, it seems easier to imagine the end of the world than an end to capitalism, growth and domination. However, in recent years something new has emerged to counter what Mark Fisher has called “capitalist realism:” after decades on the defensive against neoliberalism, the left has once again started to embrace positive visions of the future.

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The coronavirus pandemic IS ecological breakdown: different tempo, same song

Von Vijay Kolinjivadi

COVID-19 is both one and the same as any other ecological crisis (such as climate change) because its emergence is rooted in the same mode of production that has generated all other ecological crises and social inequalities of our times.

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Degrowth around the world – celebrating the 2020 Global Degrowth Day

Von Activist Working Group

Earlier this month, on June 6th, the 2020 Global Degrowth Day (GDD) was celebrated around the world. Around 40 events in more than 18 countries were registered and there were many social media posts using the hashtag #GlobalDegrowthDay, which was also celebrated by the Green European Journal and the European Environmental Bureau. Pictures were shared on our facebook event page.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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Constructive criticism of degrowth is NOT support for growth: a response to Forbes

Von Vandana Sharma and Gabriela Cabaña

In a recent article for Forbes, Corbin K Barthold makes several allegations against the idea of degrowth without having a clear understanding of the concept.

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Solidarity statement with Black Lives Matter

Von The Degrowth Vienna Conference organizing team

We, organizers and participants at the Degrowth Vienna 2020 conference demand equity and justice. We stand in solidarity with the people in the United States challenging white supremacist culture and with related global struggles. As activists, academics, artists, and practitioners we aim together to put an end to systemic oppression and structural racism; as again has been recently revealed by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor or Ahmad Auber. The conference expresses its global solidarity with all victims of police violence and systemic racism, and supports the antifascist movements facing criminalization.weiterlesen

How to celebrate the 2020 Global Degrowth Day

Von Ana Poças

On June 6th we will once more celebrate the Global Degrowth Day (GDD). On this day, like last year, we want to show that there are alternatives to the capitalist growth society and that a good life for all is possible!

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Degrowth and Domesecration: a Historical View on Nonhuman and Human Violence

Von Lukas Leitinger

On top of the ethical, environmental and epidemiological arguments, the animal liberation perspective can also provide an alternative historical view on growth. This article explores the historical connections between animal exploitation, growth and violence, and the lessons these offer for degrowth today.

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Building Counter-Institutions: A Call for Activism beyond Raising Awareness

Von Joël Foramitti

Around the world, social movements are rising up in response to the multiple crises of our time. However, only few seem to focus on the task of building concrete institutions that could challenge existing structures and change the rules of our system.

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Degrowth: Some suggestions from the Simpler Way Perspective

Von Ted Trainer

Thirty four years ago I published Abandon Affluence and Growth, with negligible effect, so it has been hugely satisfying to see the recent emergence of a degrowth movement. However, I believe some aspects of the movement need greater attention. Degrowth transition strategies especially should deal more effectively with the sheer magnitude of the problem we are facing.weiterlesen

Degrowth Money

Von Julio Linares and Gabriela Cabaña.

The following text is an excerpt from “Towards an Ecology of Care: Basic Income Beyond the Nation-state (unpublished).

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Manifesto for the Reorganisation of the City after COVID-19

Von Massimo Paolini.

The following text is a repost of an open letter to the mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, setting out a manifesto for a reorganisation of the city in response to COVID-19. The manifesto currently has over 1600 signatures. Visit the manifesto website for more details and to add your signature: manifiesto.perspectivasanomalas.org/en

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More than 1,000 experts call for Degrowth as post-COVID-19 path

Von The open letter working group

New Roots for the Economy: academics, experts, artists, activists and organizations from around the world demand a farewell to our economy’s growth dependency to avoid further crises.weiterlesen

Planning for Post-Corona: A Manifesto for the Netherlands

Von The degrowth.info international editorial team

Last month a group of academics working in the fields of development and environmental sciences in the Netherlands wrote a manifesto for post-corona recovery based on degrowth principles. This initiative gained widespread attention, pushing the degrowth agenda into (Dutch) mainstream consciousness and the traditional corridors of power.weiterlesen

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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