1) Local degrowth realities – A map
A survey worldwide for mapping degrowth realities in the world was launched recently. 114 organisations answered to the call, with nearly 3,000 active people engaged, mostly located in Europe but also in North and South America, Philippines, Tunisia, Turkey, etc. Every initiative/group/movement that follows degrowth ideas (as referred in the declarations of the International Conferences of Paris and Barcelona) is welcome to join the map. Individuals interested in creating local groups (activism, practitioners, reading groups, collective research)
2) The movement
Some members of the degrowth realities that are represented on the map met for the first time on the 20th of August 2018 in Freetown Christiania (Copenhagen, Denmark). They exchanged good practices around ecological sustainability and social equity, discussed about the future of the planet, and initiated several international working groups (activists and practitioners; researchers; politics; artists; collective actions; communication; education; etc.) that later met throughout the 6th international degrowth conference, which took place in Malmo, Sweden (August 21-25). Those groups work in order to provide opportunities for many people in the world to engage in the degrowth movement locally as well as to diffuse degrowth (theoretically and practically) globally. As an example, the “Global Degrowth Day – Good Life for All” took place for the first time on the 1st of June 2019, with multiple actions all over the world.
To organise this movement, that connects both people active in local degrowth groups (showed on the map) and people engaged in international working groups, there is a mailing list that you can find here. The movement meets at every degrowth conference. The next meeting will thus take place in Manchester in 2020.
3) International working groups
The international working groups emerged from the meeting of the movement in Copenhagen in 2018. They differ from the degrowth realities showed on the map; those are locally organised, while the working groups connect people internationally. The editorial team of degrowth.info is an example of a working group. They are, at the moment, 4 organised working groups:
- – Activists and practitioners
- – Research
- – Online communication and networking
- – Communication, publishing and editing via degrowth.info
4) Interactive platforms
The two interactive platforms we recommend to you are Netzwerk Wachstumswende and co-munity. You can access both platforms directly from this website but you have to register there in order to be able to participate in the discussions. On both platforms, you can join groups and projects, read and contribute to the blog, learn about new events and much more.
The Netzwerk Wachstumswende wants to bring people together who want to work collaboratively on solutions for a society beyond the growth paradigm. It was initiated in 2010 by young members of the German association for ecological economics (Vereinigung für Ökologische Ökonomie) and is now hosted by the Förderverein Wachstumswende. With the network, we share the calender of events.
5) Degrowth Mailing List
If you are interested in a general exchange on degrowth, you can also subscribe to the degrowth world mailing list. Send an email to degrowth-world-subscribe(at)lists.riseup.net.
There is also a German speaking mailing list to which you can sign up here.
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