Transitioning (1): De-growth and an Economic Kyoto Protocol

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Transitioning (1): De-growth and an Economic Kyoto Protocol

Franco Iacomella
21st August 2011

First in a series on the transition to a sustainable economy.

Christian Arnsperger:

We need “to build up an economic-growth “Kyoto protocol” in which

  1. the world growth rate is calculated so as to be a cap on humanity’s ecological footprint,
  2. that world growth rate is furthermore adapted downward (if necessary) or upward (if at all possible) according to what is required for social and cultural protection norms to be practiced by all countries on an equal footing, and
  3. most importantly, poorer countries get a growth credit while richer countries are asked to settle for the lowest possible (negative, if really necessary) growth rate.

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