Citizen Action Monitor

Q: What led the world to the brink of economic disaster in 2008? — A: The unrelenting drive for economic growth

Pursuit of growth drove loosening of regulations, proliferation of financial derivatives, and massive expansion of public debt and private credit in decades before and during the crisis. No 2040 Posted … Continue reading

August 26, 2017

Why do we fail to see the connection between economic growth and planet degradation?

Simple: a growing economy is all we know. No 2026 Posted by fw, August 08, 2017 “Beyond the limits.” That’s the title of Tim Jackson’s seventh and final section of … Continue reading

August 8, 2017

We are not wired to plan for the future; we are wired to exploit what we have, says Ugo Bardi

What then should we do? Adopt a stoic viewpoint? — Make the best of what’s in our power and take the rest as it comes? No 2023 Posted by fw, … Continue reading

August 3, 2017

Group of 28 academics ask PM Trudeau if he understands the climate crisis. No reply after 9 weeks.

Their written concerns are framed in the context of Trudeau’s misinformed public statements. No 2016 Posted by fw, July 26, 2017 “We are now facing the profound consequences of overexpansion … Continue reading

July 26, 2017

“Prosperity Without Growth?” – Tim Jackson on how a report started a conversation whose time had come

Why Number 10 Downing Street ironically “went ballistic” when the report landed on the PM’s desk. No 2010 Posted by fw, July 18, 2017 “‘Number 10 has gone ballistic,’ barked … Continue reading

July 18, 2017

Prof Bill Rees is back, advocating planned de-growth toward a quasi steady state economy

“Perversely, the world community prescribes still greater material growth as the only feasible solution!” No 2009 Posted by fw, July 17, 2017 “Humans have a virtually unlimited capacity for self-delusion, … Continue reading

July 17, 2017

“We have to design our economies to live within ecological limits and resource constraints” – Tim Jackson

“Start with the idea of what prosperity is and then ask questions about what kind of economy you need to get there.” No 2007 Posted by fw, July 15, 2017 … Continue reading

July 15, 2017

Endless economic growth endangers our future

Celebrated ecological economist Tim Jackson talks about the need to envision a post-growth economy. No 1999 Posted by fw, July 5, 2017 “When the UK Sustainable Development Commission, on which I served, … Continue reading

July 5, 2017

We are consuming ourselves to death under the banner of limitless economic growth

Rethinking economic growth in an age of environmental limits to growth cannot be avoided — Will change be by design or disaster? No 1938 Posted by fw, April 19, 2017 “What … Continue reading

April 19, 2017

Trudeau preaches globalization, trade, economic growth at G20, a sure-fire neoliberal recipe for disaster

“So long as making more money is the goal of our economic system, capitalist destruction will continue”, counters Canadian ecosocialist. No 1765 Posted by fw, September 4, 2016 “In his first … Continue reading

September 4, 2016

Bill Rees’ Degrowth Vision – Planned descent toward socially just sustainability for all: Part 1

Earth, we have a problem: Human consumption is overwhelming the replacement and reproductive capacities of nature No 1550 Posted by fw, December 28, 2015 “So, we have a situation in … Continue reading

December 28, 2015

Be wary of pro-economic, pro-climate, “green job” fantasy

Vague definitions of “green jobs” often give energy-intensive, carbon-heavy industries a “green” stamp of approval No 1333 Posted by fw, May 13, 2015 “The concept of “green jobs” has become … Continue reading

May 13, 2015

What economists don’t know about physical limits to growth could kill us

“Only by taking the crash scenario seriously can we take concrete actions to avoid it”, says physicist Tom Murphy in his article, referenced below, Discovering Limits to Growth No 1332 … Continue reading

May 12, 2015

New book examines how policy makers’ worship of growth sabotaged 1972 scientific findings on limits to growth

The idea that growth is essential continues to hold sway, despite the mounting evidence of its climate change costs No 1298 Posted by fw, April 2, 2015 “This informative book … Continue reading

April 2, 2015

Is it true that no one wants to halt economic growth in order to reduce carbon emissions?

If it is true, who specifically wants economic growth to continue and why? No 1294 Posted by fw, March 30, 2015 “Six years of pedal-to-the-metal monetary policy and government deficit … Continue reading

March 30, 2015

Be wary of financial analysts peddling reduced climate risk compatible with economic growth

Market-based economic solutions are not helpful in dealing with violent climate change No 1206 Posted by fw, December 9, 2014 “As it stands, it is difficult not to conclude that … Continue reading

December 9, 2014

Critics rip flawed plan promising win-win low-carbon growth economy with reduced climate risk — Pt 3: Rebuttal

In a devastating critical analysis, economics prof exposes gaping holes in biased New Climate Economy Report No 1164 Posted by fw, October 10, 2014 “So what is the real concern … Continue reading

October 10, 2014

Critics rip flawed plan promising win-win low-carbon growth economy with reduced climate risk: – Pt 2: Rebuttal

“A green-painted version of business as usual won’t cut it,” scoffs Sam Bliss of Grist No 1163 Posted by fw, October 9, 2014 “…thanks to the misunderstanding of a few wishful thinkers … Continue reading

October 9, 2014

Critics rip flawed plan promising win-win low-carbon growth economy with reduced climate risk – Pt 1: The Plan

Elites with vested interests in economic growth deliver New Climate Economy Report with 10-point Global Action Plan No 1162 Posted by fw, October 9, 2014 This post has 3 sections: … Continue reading

October 9, 2014