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Abstract: I show that understanding the limits to growth for our finite planet is slowly gaining currency due to the (mostly) European sustainable degrowth ‘movement’ and a plurinational Latin American cosmovision which is largely indigenous but also criollo. These visions challenge us to decolonize our minds, as well as our economies. I introduces a number of writers and perspectives on ‘degrowth’ and suggests that a synthesis of indigenous concepts of ‘living well’ with western critiques of our unsustainable industrial ‘model’ may hold promise for a way out of the multiple environmental, economic and social crises that we face.

Contribution to the 3rd International Degrowth Conference for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity in Venice in 2012.