Global Degrowth Day – Good Life for All
This year the Global Degrowth Day will be on 5th June 2021!
Again, many different public events all over the world will be organised to share alternatives to a growth based society. They want to show: A good life for all is possible!
This year we decided to have Care as a focus topic. The Covid-19 pandemic has made all the more evident what feminists have long argued: care work is the foundation of our economy and society. This work is not only domestic or provided via the market or the state, but it is also communitarian and ecological work. Care work is essential to the well-being of people and ecosystems in all societies. To recognize this, means to accept and honor our dependency on webs of relationships to others, near and far, and to ecosystems. To transform society, care for humans and the environment must be at the center of degrowth’s political vision.
For more details see blog posts about focus topic survey and Care.
All people, groups, organizations and movements that feel connected to the idea of a good life for all are asked to participate. Create local actions and events that show alternative ways and ideas leading beyond a society that relies on economic growth. We want to make these ideas visible for as many people as possible. We imagine a diverse movement for global justice, sustainability and well-being. By putting your ideas into practice we can create a more self-determined and thoughtful way of living together. And a global action day can help to connect different existing initiatives to be part of a colorful and diverse movement for degrowth.
What do we mean by “a good life for all”?
A good life for all requires a way of doing business and a form of society that aim at the well-being of all people and fellow creatures and protect the ecological basis of life. This can only be achieved by a fundamental change in our current mode of living and production as well as a comprehensive cultural change. For us, the values of such a society include mindfulness, deceleration, solidarity and cooperation in order to make possible a self-determined life in dignity for all. As necessary further steps we see among other things a careful handling of resources, the orientation towards sufficiency and a reduction of production and consumption in the Global North. We also need to develop more democratic forms of decision-making to enable genuine political participation, and to reduce global structures of domination and exploitation, such as racism, sexism and neo-colonialism, so that everyone can actually participate in the good life. Such an approach is also called degrowth or post-growth. See also what is degrowth
Who we are
This event is organized by the working group “Activists and Practitioners”, see degrowth.info/en/groups/ for description and contact information. We are active on our degrowth forum. New members are welcome!