Sustainable Development and the Humanity-Biosphere Relationship
Negative Growth or Sustainable Development?
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
Take Back the Land!
Small-scale Sustainable Farmers Are Cooling Down the Earth
Regulating Transnational Companies: 46 Proposals
Raising International Climate Finance
Dictionary of World Power
Expanding and Reinforcing the Objectives of the Kyoto Protocol: Inciting International Stakeholders to Engage in Greenhouse-gas Transparency
Political and Institutional Governance
Policy Paper on Education: Building the Future through Quality Education
Universal Declaration of Emerging Human Rights
Persistent corruption in low-income countries requires global action
The Global Marshall Plan
The Challenge of Environmental Governance
World Governance of Ressentiment*
The UN Reform and the Alterglobalization Movement
Cities for All
Transforming Capitalism: the Triple Crisis
Call to Multiply the Village of Alternatives
The idea of negative growth dates back to the beginning of the 1970s, about 20 years before the emergence of the concept of "sustainable development." It is a radical critique of the principle of constant growth of global income, in other words GDP growth, on which the entire current economic order is founded.
The central argument of this critique: all the raw materials and the energy consumed today are lost for future generations. Rich countries must therefore consume a lot less in order to preserve well-being on Earth sustainably. At a time when there is more talk than ever on climate warming, hydrocarbon scarcity, and the destruction of biodiversity, advocates of the negative-growth thesis have reappeared after more than a quarter of a century of lethargy. Although it still has loopholes and is sometimes contradictory, some believe that the negative-growth thesis embodies the global economic theory that the alterglobalization movement is still lacking.
Brought together by members of the collective "Casseurs de pub" (advertisement busters) and the environmentalist magazine "Silence," some 200 "growth objectors" held a two-day symposium in Lyons (France). They discussed concepts such as "frugal innovation" in the rococo setting of a reception hall of the Lyons city hall decorated with gold leaves, a symbol of the wealth of the capital of Gaul.