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Green Growth

  • by JW

Is ‘green growth’ possible?
Not according to a piece in the Financial Times by Simon Kuper:


The myth of green growth

Unfortunately, green growth probably doesn’t exist — at least not for the next couple of decades, during which time we’ll have to cut most of our carbon emissions to keep the planet habitable. Our generation has to choose: we can be green or we can have growth, but we can’t have both together.

Let’s start with the basics. We have to nearly halve current global carbon emissions by 2030 to have a chance of limiting the rise in the planet’s temperatures to 1.5C, says the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change….

Can democracy survive without carbon?

We are not going to find out. No electorate will vote to decimate its own lifestyle. We can’t blame bad politicians or corporates. It’s us: we will always choose growth over climate.

The myth of green growth | Financial Times


Someone has put together a thorough rebuttal:

Can “green growth” save us from the climate crisis? | Treehugger


And here’s another critique:

Debunked: Myth Of Green Growth – Financial Times – Annotated

Which can also be looked at here, by clicking on the ‘Orphans’ button at the top on the right;

The myth of green growth – annotated


Meanwhile, here are some other pieces on the topic:

Green growth – Wikipedia


Is ‘green growth’ really a solution to sustainable development?

Click on the link below to watch a video on an important book on the issues:



Green growth: Promise or Illusion? on Vimeo