Saving the Planet: Degrowth or Green Growth?

Originally published at: https://systemschangealliance.org/saving-the-planet-degrowth-or-green-growth/

By Roar Bjonnes Green economics is supposed to save us from climate change and environmental catastrophe. There are, however, competing ideas about how to best proceed. Degrowth advocates claim that it is unregulated growth that drove us into this predicament in the first place, therefore we need to reduce our GDP, and production in general, to become more sustainable.  Green growth advocates, on the other hand, point to great improvements in air quality in the Western world as a great example that green growth is the most efficient way to save the planet. We can grow the economy while at…