A few weeks ago I reported on conservation and other groups adopting official positions on the fundamental conflict between economic growth and environmental protection. I mentioned that Brian Czech and the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy have been instrumental in helping to bring about this awareness and activism.
As an update, on June 9th, at their annual meeting, the American Society of Mammalogists adopted a similar resolution. From the press release:
The ASM described a “fundamental conflict between economic growth and the conservation of ecosystems” based upon scientifically established principles. The ASM noted that an economy has an “optimal size” and that growth beyond the optimum reduces human welfare in addition to threatening other species…. The ASM was particularly concerned about the misleading rhetoric that “there is no conflict between growing the economy and protecting the environment.”… The ASM suggests that, in many nations, a “steady state economy” has become a more appropriate goal than economic growth.
This seems like a good time, then, for a bit more on Brian’s work at promoting the steady state economy. The video below is a “must see.” It features Brian providing a lucid explanation of the steady state economy concept and its significance, including a comparison to the neoclassical economics view. Highly recommended!
Click here for the video. (QuickTime)