Life in ‘Degrowth’ Economy: Envisioning a Prosperous Descent

Ecological Civilisation - Part Four (Free Course)

What would daily life be like in a ‘degrowth’ economy? That is, in an economy seeking planned contraction of energy and resource demands in order to achieve sustainability, equity, and social wellbeing. In this presentation Samuel Alexander explores theses issues by seeking to envision what such a ‘prosperous descent’ might look like. This is Part IV of the Ecological Civilisation series.


Other video’s in this series include:


Home Biogas – Part 1

An Introduction to the life and ideas of Henry David Thoreau, philosopher of sufficiency – Part 2

A Real Green New Deal – Policies for a Post-Growth Economy – Part 3

The series is grappling with the problems of consumerism and the growth economy; envisioning alternative, post-carbon ways of life; and considering what action can be taken, both personally and politically, to help build an ecological civilisation.

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Samuel Alexander

Dr Samuel Alexander is a lecturer and researcher at the University of Melbourne, Australia, teaching a course called ‘Consumerism and the Growth Economy: Critical Interdisciplinary Perspectives’ as part of the Master of Environment.

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