Growth

Workshop – Are there biophysical limits to growth?

You are invited to join an important public workshop hosted by the School of Government: Are there biophysical limits to growth? If so, how should public policy respond? Economic growth has become culturally, politically and institutionally engrained at a global scale.  Is that sustainable? Four international experts: Associate Professor Simon Michaux (Geology) Professor Steve Keen …

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Wise Response Submission to the Infrastructure Commission of New Zealand

Wise Response has submitted on the Infrastructure Strategy to the Infrastructure Commission. The Submission is available as a PDF here. An excerpt is reproduced below: Worldview sets the context for this Strategy1.1. Our Society is heartened that key findings from “Our Aotearoa 2050” survey were “Our environment is the top priority when it comes to …

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An appeal for economic transformation at President Biden’s Climate Summit

An appeal for economic transformation at President Biden’s Climate Summit, 22-23 April 2021. ‘President Biden and distinguished state leaders. ‘In his encyclical letter of 2015 – on care for our common home – Pope Francis exhorted: “Many things have to change course, but it is we human beings above all who need to change.” ‘He …

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WR Press Release: Growth Problem should be key issue for PM at Climate Summit

Wise Response Press Release 20 April 2021 WISE RESPONSE THINKS GROWTH PROBLEM IS THE ISSUE PM ARDERN SHOULD ADDRESS AT CLIMATE SUMMIT In meeting virtually with President Joe Biden and 39 other world leaders, PM Jacinda Ardern should press home the need to confront the current global economic model based on limitless growth.  ‘It has …

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WR Press Release: Bubble with Oz reveals the reality gap in tackling impacts of climate change

Wise Response press release 18 April 2021.  Full briefing to government attached. BUBBLE WITH OZ REVEALS THE REALITY GAP IN TACKLING IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE. Wise Response urges Government to create a Commission for the Future The travel bubble with Australia opens just as its Climate Council announces that keeping global temperatures under 1.5 degrees …

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Wise Response urges the Government to create a Commission for the Future

Quarterly Briefing – 2 Wise Response urges the Government to create a Commission for the Future. A Systems based approach to avoid piecemeal legislation. As the human enterprise has become ever larger, our planet’s ability to support and absorb it has diminished. There has become less and less room for error: at our present scale …

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Ecological economics for humanity’s plague phase

The human enterprise is in potentially disastrous ‘overshoot’, exploiting the ecosphere beyond ecosystems’ re-generative capacity and filling natural waste sinks to overflowing. Economic behavior that was once ‘rational’ has become maladaptive. This situation is the inevitable outcome of humanity’s natural expansionist tendencies reinforced by ecologically vacuous growth-oriented ‘neoliberal’ economic theory. The world needs a more …

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