Economics Without Ecocide: A Case For Degrowth

Presented by the David O’Brien Centre for Sustainable Enterprise at the John Molson School of Business

Date Friday, September 16, 2011
Location Concordia University MB Building, Room MB 6.240
1450 Guy Street (de Maisonneuve Blvd. West), Montreal, Quebec. View map
Time 11:00 a.m. – noon

Professor Brown of McGill University’s School of Environment, Department of Geography, and Department of Natural Resource Sciences will argue that the current economic system is a principal driver in the decline of the Earth’s life support systems. A complete rethinking of the disciplines of economics and finance is required; as well as macro-economic policy. A successful economy must be based on: 1) a scientific understanding of the world; 2) scaled to fit that world; 3) governed, in part, by global fiduciary institutions; 4) concerned with fairness to persons and other species; and 5) measure what is important. The fundamentals of such a system will be described and advanced as the model of the “green” economy sought as part of the RIO + 20 conferences.

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