Sustainable Development and the Humanity-Biosphere Relationship
"Negative Growth": Rebirth of a Revolutionary Concept
Great Transition: The Promise and Lure of the Times Ahead
Globalization, Post-materialism and Threefolding
Towards a Global Political-Economic Architecture of Environmental Space
What Brazil and What Amazonia Does the World Need?
Beyond the Growth Paradigm: Creating a Unified Progressive Politics
China: Sustainable Development Strategy Report 2009
China Sustainable Development Strategy Report 2011. Greening the Economic Transformation
Moving Toward a New World Governance
Territories: Paradigm Shifts That Need to Be Made for the Transition
Take Back the Land!
Call to Multiply the Village of Alternatives
Conference for Climate Change
Letter to our readers and to the Mandela World Liberation Front
The Five WGI Indicators
Proposal for a Charter of Universal Responsibilities
A More Secure World: Our Shared Responsibility
The Global Marshall Plan
The Commons and World Governance
Universal Declaration of Emerging Human Rights
The Challenge of Environmental Governance
Persistent corruption in low-income countries requires global action
Seven Leverage Points for the Passage from Economy to Œconomy
The Future of the Commons
Transforming Capitalism: the Triple Crisis
Extreme-climate instances are on the increase, waste is accumulating, groundwater is running out or is polluted, oil is going to become scarce, and controlling it is the cause of increasingly violent conflicts, whether in Iraq or in Chechnya. At the same time, the capacity of the current economic system to meet social needs is increasingly disputed.
Global inequalities are becoming deeper, and if part of Asia is coming out of underdevelopment, it is doing so by adopting a lifestyle that devours nonrenewable resources. In short, and everyone (or nearly everyone) now agrees: we are running into a wall and we have to change our form of development. Not in a century, but in the next few years. But how can we go about it? An increasingly vivid debate is opposing the advocates of "sustainable negative growth," which would organize the recession of monetary economy, and those of "sustainable development," designed to reconcile growth and ecology.
This article presents the stakes involved in the controversy between the possible positions in favor or against sustainable development or negative growth in a context of environmental emergency on the one hand, and of third-world populations eager for comfort and consumption as well as those of the first world who do not wish to abandon them. It also sets out the limits of the second option and the difficulty of educating citizens for its implementation.
Source: Alternatives Economiques