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Recorded keynote speeches at the 4th International Degrowth Conference for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity in Leipzig in 2014. Speeches by Adelheid Biesecker and Sunita Narain. The topic of the day is “Building alliances”.

Adelheid Biesecker: (Re)Productivity as an economic paradigm for a social-ecological economy
Modern capitalist economy systematically destroys the productivity of unpaid work and nature. Such an economy is not sustainable. In a truly sustainable economy, instead, producing is always tied with regenerating and restoring its very social and ecological conditions. The term (re)productivity embodies such a tight connection between production and reproduction and allows us to understand the economy as a process of mediation between humans and nature. Thus intended, the economy turns into a social-ecological frame for action that we can warily design.

Sunita Narain: A right to grow? Meeting the needs of all within the planetary boundaries (starting at minute 46)
The global South needs development to fight poverty and has a “right to grow” due to the accumulated climate debt of the global North. However, the current economic growth model is toxic. Hence, talking about growth and development, the key question for the global South is: How to meet the needs of all without environmental degradation? How to develop and therefore “grow”, but without polluting? Can the global South leapfrog the polluting steps the industrialized countries took? The growth and development trajectory needs to be reinvented.