[QODLink]
earthrise
Having your cake…
A movement for alternative economic models aims to counter the global financial crisis and environmental degradation.
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2012 08:13

Continuous economic growth is the benchmark of success for modern nations across the world.

However, as the global financial crisis rolls on and the true costs of environmental degradation become increasingly evident, a counter-movement is gaining traction based on the belief that it is time to consider some alternative economic models.

In this special edition of earthrise, Russell Beard meets some of the people who are re-thinking the relationship between economics and the environment.

Andrew Simms of the New Economics Foundation argues that if we are to avoid catastrophic environmental damage, growth will inevitably have to reduce. He believes that in a no-growth economy, success would be defined in ways other than just profit. He cites a comment made by Robert Kennedy, at the time when he ran for US president, that GDP "…measures everything ... except that which makes life worthwhile".

Carlota Perez, an academic and author, is a passionate advocate of green growth; in fact, she regards development of the green technology sector as the only route out of the current economic crisis. Using government policy to encourage innovation and making a green lifestyle truly aspirational, she argues, are key to sustaining growth whilst protecting the environment.

Click here to learn more.

 
earthrise airs each week at the following times GMT: Friday: 1930; Saturday: 1430; Sunday: 0430; Monday: 0830.

Click here for more on earthrise.

278

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
People
Country
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
More than one-quarter of Gaza's population has been displaced, causing a humanitarian crisis.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Featured
Influential independence figure has been key in promoting Scottish nationalism, but will his efforts succeed?
Teenage phenom with quick hands and a passion for boxing has reminded many of the great Filipino fighter at a young age.
Families of Britons killed in 2013 siege at gas plant in Algeria frustrated by inquiry delay over 'sensitive' materials.
Rhinoceros beetles once drew 40,000 visitors each year to Tamura city, but nuclear disaster has decimated beetle mania.
In run-up to US midterm elections, backers of immigration law changes disappointed by postponement of executive action.
join our mailing list