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Prosperity Without Growth Economics for a Finite PlanetAt continued prosperity and growth in a finite world is unsustainable So where do we go from here? Tim Jackson is Sustainable Development Commis This is an important serious but ultimately disappointing book Important because it grapples with the vital task of how to redefine economics in a world of limited resources and an ever damaged climate Serious because it approaches the task stage by stage confronting some of the important issues which any change of this magnitude must face But disappointing because it still leaves us dangling wondering exactly what a society which adopted this completely different set of objectives would look like and how it would work As a result its prescribed path for reaching the objective seems only thinly describedThere is almost nothing in the book with which I could disagree but this isn't enough We are daily confronted with greed and materialistic ambition that seems to get worse and worse just look at the unbelievable arrogance of Goldman Sachs spending billions on salaries when it was was one of the agents of our recent crisis At a mundane level we see the clamour for the latest Apple product or even the most recent fashionable shoes How do we change this? How do we change ourselves even those of us who would willingly sign up to a vision of the kind described by Jackson? I don't know and for all that he has written a necessary book I don't think Tim Jackson really knows either

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doc Ê Prosperity Without Growth ☆ Economics for a Finite Planet Read È Traditional Chinese edition of Prosperity Without Growth Economics for a Finite Planet The book addresses the most important economic premise that continued prosperity and growth in a finite world is unsustainable So where do we Sion's Economics Commissioner and Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey In Chinese Distributed by Tsai Fong Books Inc The truth is that there is as yet no credible socially just ecologically sustainable scenario of continually increasing incomes for a world of 9 billion people In this context simplistic assumptions that capitalism’s propensity for efficiency will allow us to stabilize the climate or protect against resource scarcity are nothing short of delusionalSo what do we do? Tim Jackson argues that GDP is an entirely inadeuate measure of prosperity and well being and that self evidently infinite growth is impossible on a finite planet calling instead for an entirely new ecological macro economics It’s a relatively short and punchy argument technical in places but never too dull or high brow and while I’m no economist I’m wholeheartedly persuaded But I found the book provoked a couple of strong emotional reactions in meFirstly vertiginous worry at the scale of the problems we face Jackson is really arguing for fundamental change across our economy society governance our entire way of life He’s not wrong and he’s clearly writing with a sense of optimism but it actually leaves me wobbling about on the edge of despair He was writing in 20089 when in the aftermath of the financial crisis it seemed like the right time to be talking about fundamental change and that there might be a once in a hundred year appetite for real change But five years on and what has changed either in our economic systems or in our fundamental approach to the environment? Next to nothing it seems to me In the UK we couldn’t even take the obvious opportunity to connect post crisis recovery to the development of a new sustainable infrastructure through a ‘Green New Deal’ Contrast South Korea allocating 80% of its 38bn post crisis recovery funds to green projects to the UK’s allocation of 7% of a 30bn fund If we can't seize an opportunity like that what will drive us to action?My other emotional response on reading the book was just bitter regret that when the electoral and financial pass the parcel came to an end in 2008 10 it was Labour left holding the bomb Jackson reminds us in the book that it’s the role of the state to protect public goods the natural environment is a public good and therefore the solution lies in government not less I know I’m being naive and obviously it’s entirely pointless to spend time considering the counter factual but I can’t help but wonder what an incoming and angry left of centre government might have done differently in terms of those connections between economy and environment if the crisis had hit during a Tory administration But as it is we’ve just got the Tories and business as usual their faces pushed back into the trough

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Traditional Chinese edition of Prosperity Without Growth Economics for a Finite Planet The book addresses the most important economic premise th Kep points I got out of the bookPage 50 disposable incomes are increasingly dedicated to different ends leisure social interaction experience Clearly though this hasn't diminshed our appetite for material consumption Have we been genetically programmed with an instinct for acuisition? What is it about consumer goods that continues to entrance us beyond the point of usefulness?Graph on page 59 shows Russia't and South Africa's life expectancy has declined since 1990Page 104 a 'green stimulus' has the potential to secure jobs and economic recovery in the short term to provide energy security and technological innovation in the medium term and to ensure a sustainable future for our children in the long termPage 119 A different kind of economic structure is needed for an ecologically constrained worldPages 144 145 in British society incomes doubled on average over a thirty year period but the loneliness index increased in every single region measured Even the weakest communties in 1971 were stronger than any community nowPage 149 some people even accepted a lower income so they could garden walk enjoy music or readPage 153 we need to dismantle the perverse incentives for unsustainable status competitionand must establish new structures that provide capabilities for people to flourish in less materialistic waysPage 161 Richard Dawkins has concluded sustainability just doesn't come naturally to usThere are a bunch of motherhood statements and pontificating about what must be done but not how to do it