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02/10/2018, 13:20:26

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Environmentalists demand ‘degrowth’ for successful countries



new report published in Nature magazine that looks at how nutrition,
sanitation and electricity can be provided to the more than 7 billion
people on earth “without destabilizing planetary processes” is being
skewered by a Climate Depot commentary as a recipe for billions “to remain mired in poverty.”

environmental movement wants to make the rich West much poorer so that
the destitute can become richer,” said Climate Depot Editor Marc Morano.

than improve the plight of the developing world through such crucial
projects as constructing an Africa-wide electrical grid,
environmentalists say significant progress will have to wait until the
improvements can be sustainable – meaning that billions will have to
remain mired in poverty to ‘save the earth,'” he said. “Having ruled out
substantial growth for our destitute brothers and sisters, we are told
that we will have to substantially redistribute the wealth of the West
to the poor, so that the entire globe can live in a substantially lower
(for us) but relatively equal standard of living.

“In other words,
forget creating a world with freedom of opportunity, but tilt at
Utopian windmills to force equal outcomes: To each according to his
needs, from each according to his ability.”

The Nature article on “sustainability” is titled “A good life for all within planetary boundaries.”

Daniel O’Neill, Andrew Fanning, William Lamb and Julia Steinberger say
the challenge now is to provide essentials to 7 billion people “without
destabilizing critical planetary processes.

They explained they
have found that no country “meets basic needs for its citizens at a
globally sustainable level of resource use.”

Requirements for
people to all feel a “high life satisfaction” would demand “a level of
resource use that is 2-6 times the sustainable level, based on current
relationships,” the report said.

The goals need to include “sufficiency” in resource consumption.

results suggest resource use could be reduced significantly in many
wealthy countries without affecting social outcomes, while also
achieving a more equitable distribution among countries,” the report
explained. “A focus on sufficiency would involve recognizing that
overconsumption burdens societies with a variety of social and
environmental problems, and moving beyond the pursuit of GDP growth to
embrace new measures of progress.”

A key to that could be “the pursuit of ‘degrowth’ in wealthy nations.”

the steps: improving physical provisioning systems, switching from
fossil fuels to renewable energy, products with longer lifetimes,
cutting unnecessary waste andusing crop products instead of animal

Further, “the majority of energy generation [needs] to be decarbonized by 2050.”

Morano: “In other words, growth is out. We must live within economic
and social systems strictly limited by arbitrary boundaries on the use
of resources established by ‘the experts.'”

He criticizes the
report authors for describing how nations “with higher levels of life
satisfaction and healthy life expectancy” also “transgress more
biophysical boundaries.”

“They talk democracy. But they don’t mean
it, as they prescribe an international technocratic tyranny – couched
in passive language – that would take from the successful to give to
those in need in order to prevent their increased use of natural

He pointed out the demand for “provisioning systems” to be “restructured.”

are you going to do that, fellows? Confiscation of wealth? Increased
socialism? Destruction of democracy for those countries not willing to
strip their walls bare? In so many words, all of the above,” he wrote.

The report’s authors note that part of the solution could be “the pursuit of ‘degrowth’ in wealthy nations.”

commented: “The authors conclude that we just can’t continue to thrive,
much less free our brothers and sisters mired in poverty to reach
Western levels of prosperity.”

Morano pointed out that the concepts were published “in the world’s most prestigious science journal.”

“As I always say, if you want to see what will next go wrong in society, just read the professional journals.”

scientists claim that without adoption of their views, and the
appropriate action, there is the “potential to undermine the
Earth-system processes upon which development ultimately depends.”

They use “good life” levels based on both physical needs and social indicators.

to 60 percent of the countries analyzed perform well on the social
indicators related to meeting physical needs such as nutrition and
access to energy, and close to 70 percent have eliminated poverty below
the US. $1.90 a day line,” the report said.

However, “only a
quarter of the countries analyzed achieve sufficient outcomes on the
indicators of life satisfaction and social support, while leses than a
fifth achieve sufficient outcomes on the indicators of democratic
quality and equality.”


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