From the text: . . . There is a curious observation to be made about this standard critique of growth. It refers not only to the need of restructuring economic life and recognizing material limits. It also involves a striving to embrace a different normative conception of the human relation to the Earth and so to nature. It thus points to the human responsibility in utilizing and preserving geo-chemical processes (cf., among others, Georgescu-Roegen 1971).
In the rest of the paper I will argue that if the degrowth movement wants to efficaciously and convincingly promote a deep critique of the notion of progress, and thus of the myth of growth currently promoted by neoliberalism/capitalism, it has to overcome its anthropocentrism and embrace antispeciesism.
Contribution to the 3rd International Degrowth Conference for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity in Venice in 2012.