The costs of keeping a roof over our heads create a dependence on market growth that puts low-consumption, sustainable living out of reach for many of us.
The cost of land and, in turn, housing forces people to buy into the rules of market capitalism, making it very hard to 'downshift' from consumer lifestyles. But what if we rethink public housing?
‘Greening’ our current economic system can only take us so far.
Economic growth created the climate crisis and continues to fuel it – 'green' growth is no solution.
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If we want to live sustainably, we must question our appetite for growth.
Many hands make light work.
Economic growth should be reimagined not only at the macro level, but also at the micro, business level. Social enterprises offer new, collaborative approaches to growth that maximize societal impact.
City decline is neither a fatality nor an urban nightmare. It can even be the background to a resilience strategy.
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We asked climate researchers to peer through the smog and highlight some positive stories from 2018.
The typical suburban backyard of the future?
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The average consumerist suburban lifestyle is unsustainable. But what if affluent suburbanites and battlers alike ditch the rat race and embrace economic 'degrowth'? Here's how it might unfold.
Does a greener future lie ahead?
Brexit is a looming crisis but the ensuing chaos is an opportunity to create a radical alternative vision for the UK. Degrowth is the future we need.
Blue skies over Preston’s renovated Brutalist bus station.
Four factors led to positive change that was part planned, part felicitous – but the Preston model is already catching on across the nation.
Community post office, Freetown Christiania.
The residents of Freetown Christiania have lived by degrowth values for decades.
To fix the world's ecological crises we'll have to make some tough choices, particularly living with less stuff. Art can play an essential role in imagining and communicating a more sustainable future.
Every day brings new calls for sustainability, as humanity's actual behaviour moves ever further away from it. What can we learn from an obscure Austrian philosopher?
Do you see the future the same way as Leonardo?
Leonardo DiCaprio's new climate documentary is an urgent call for the promised green tech revolution. But it shows too much faith in politicians and corporations to change their ways.
Bill Mollison in 2008.
Bill Mollison co-created permaculture - an ambitious alternative to industrial agriculture.
Getting around on a bike, a (mostly) fun way to travel green.
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Luxury holidays aren't just a dent in your bank balance – they're also doing untold harm to the environment. But you can have a good, green holiday.
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Increased development is always unsustainable, so let's stop kidding ourselves.
The earth is a finite place.
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The global economy is already unsustainable – let alone if it gets bigger.
Australia can balance energy, water and food needs with the environment.
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We have all the tools to achieve economic growth and environmental sustainability - we just have to choose to use them.
Here’s a goal: no new coal mines.
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By championing economic growth, the Sustainable Development Goals are a barely disguised defence of the market fundamentalism that underpins business-as-usual. But in an age of planetary limits, sustained economic growth is not the solution to our social and environmental ills, but their cause.
The Calafou community lives in a repurposed factory complex near Barcelona.
Not all ecovillages are created equal - but the best ones show us how to live more sustainably, by embracing collectivism, sourcing renewable energy, and moving away from prevailing consumer culture.