Brian Davey draws on German research to argue that the only way that industrialised countries will be able to achieve the transition to 100% renewables is through degrowth. The transition is likely to be easier in low-income countries that use relatively little energy at present.
In this presentation given at the University of Nottingham on April 4, Brian Davey investigates the historical roots of the growth-based economy. He critiques the assumption that renewable energy could take over from fossil fuels while maintaining economic growth, and goes on to discuss some ways forward.
"A process that starts off largely involuntarily can end up steered more directly" writes Brian Davey in a continuation of his discussion on degrowth with Giorgos Kallis, editor of the book "Degrowth: Vocabulary for a New Era".
To usher in the New Year, here's a paper by Willi Kiefel on Feasta co-founder Richard Douthwaite's profound and lasting impact on the green movement in Ireland.
"A social change, if it is to take place, requires desire, materialized into an alternative political vision, a vision driven by a quest for the enjoyment of life, not by fear of a looming disaster, or a pure survivalist spirit," argues Giorgos Kallis, one of the editors of Degrowth. A Vocabulary for a New Era. We're publishing his detailed and thought-provoking comments as a guest post.
Brian Davey provides some reflections on the recent Degrowth conference, identifying different strains of thought within the Degrowth movement. He believes that "the diversity between the left and the greens can give rise to complementary relationships rather than being sources of deep division and antagonism."