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Is there such thing as Green Growth?

Hans Stegeman, Chief Investment Strategist at Triodos Investment Management, talks with Richard Peers about why there is no such thing as green growth and what we need to do to stay within the planetary boundaries.

Growing “Green” – The First Time

In this video I go out of my way to tell you a story about the first time I grew “green” while plugging

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Green Growth and Development — It’s Possible

Inger Andersen, World Bank Vice President for Sustainable Development

Economic growth leads to poverty reduction, but the economic, environmental, and social aspects of growth must be beneficial to all. “We work from the basic belief that ‘green growth’ is not just desirable, it is possible” — watch what Inger Andersen, World Bank Vice President for Sustainable Development, had to say on the connection between climate change, green growth, and development.

Green Growth: The What, Why and How – Professor Paul Ekins

This talk by Professor Paul Ekins (UCL Energy Institute) focuses on the ‘Green Economy’. It considers how the Green Economy can be characterised and defined; what are the origins and limits to growth; and the policy challenge posed by environmental and economic sustainability concerns.

The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website:

Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There is currently nearly 1,500 lectures free to access or download from the website.

Will Green Growth Save the World? A Response to Kurzgesagt

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Matthias Schmelzer, Andrea Vetter, Aaron Vansintjan, “The Future is Degrowth”
Jason Hickel, “Less Is More”
Edward Fullbrook & Jamie Morgan (eds), “Economics and the Ecosystem”
Giovanna Ricoveri, “Nature for Sale”
Ian Angus, “Facing the Anthropocene”

Kurzgesagt, “We WILL Fix Climate Change!”
Kurzgesagt, “Is It Too Late to Stop Climate Change?”
BadEmpenada, “No, Kurzgesagt, We WON’T Fix Climate Change”
The Guardian, “Will green technology kill Chile’s deserts?”
Our Changing Climate, “How to End Consumerism”

Studies on decoupling:
Hickel & Kallis, Is Green Growth Possible?
EEB, Decoupling Debunked:
Haberl et al, “A systematic review…”

Current Affairs, “Stubborn Attachment”
Steffen et al, “The trajectory of the Anthropocene”
Our World in Data, Primary Energy Consumption by Source
World Economic Forum, “top 10 manufacturing countries in the world”
Capellan-Perez et al , “Dynamic Energy Return on Energy Investment (EROI) “
CarbonBrief, “IEA: Mineral supplies for electric cars”
IUCN, Deep-sea mining
CounterPunch, ‘We Will Coup Whoever We Want’
Timothée Parrique, Decoupling in the IPCC AR6 WGIII
Guy Harrington, Update to limits to growth
WWF, “A warning sign from our planet”
IPBES, global assessment report 2019
Wikipedia, Deforestation of the Amazon rainforest
WEF, The New Plastics Economy
DW, Pollinating by hand: Doing bees’ work
The Guardian b, Climate crisis could displace 1.2bn people by 2050
WMO “50:50 chance of 1.5°C in next five years”
Business Insider, “the myth of ‘trickle-down'”
Parrique, “Degrowth in the IPCC AR6 WGII”
Parrique, “Degrowth in the IPCC AR6 WGIII”
Washington Post, “The cobalt pipeline”
The Guardian, “Life and death in Apple’s forbidden city”
Forbes, “Bangladesh Is Burning And Sweatshops Are The Fuel”
BBC, “How overwork is literally killing us”, “Freelancers pushed to breaking-point by long hours and low pay”
WEF, “Cost of living crisis”
WEF, “What does ‘global debt’ mean and how high is it now?”
Gallup, “The World’s Broken Workplace”
Boston Review, “Coronavirus and the Politics of Disposability”
Psychology Today, “Why Over-Consumption Is Making Us Unhappy”
MarketWatch, “The dark reasons so many rich people are miserable human beings”
PsychCentral, “Are Wealthy People More Depressed Than Others?”
EDF, This stereotype is holding back the environmental movement
The Conversation, How much do people around the world care about climate change?
Vice , How the World’s Billionaires Prepare for the Apocalypse