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Eric Assadourian, WorldWatch
On April 11, 2012, World Watch launched its State of the World 2012 report which focuses in on how humanity moves toward sustainable prosperity – an especially important topic as world leaders convene in June at the Rio +20 summit to discuss sustainable development and how to grow a green economy.
Considering how far past the limits of growth we’ve gone, clearly part of sustainable prosperity is “degrowing” overdeveloped countries’ economies. Chapter 2 of the report–“The Path to Degrowth in Overdeveloped Countries” – goes into depth on this topic, explaining both the why and how of this needed process of degrowth.