Green economy  |  Publications  |  11.06.2012

Critique of the Green Economy

In this new publication by the Heinrich Boell Foundation, Barbara Unmüßig, Wolfgang Sachs and Thomas Fatheuer discuss how environmentally sustainable and socially equitable green economy can be, starting from discussions at the Rio+20 Conference.

The essay is critical to the fact that the idea of unfettered growth - seen as the way to end poverty and escape economic and financial crisis - remains largely undisputed in the concept of the green economy, as it is currently discussed within institutions like the UN. The authors argue that not everything that is deemed economically "green" and efficient is also environmentally sustainable and socially equitable. For this reason, the essay argues for a "policy of less", of wealth in moderation, to enable the earth's resources and atmosphere to sustain the entire human population and to make a life of dignity and without needs possible for all. 

Critique of the Green Economy can be ordered free of charge at the Heinrich Boell Foundation. The address of the foundation is: Heinrich-Boell-Stiftung, Schumannstraße 8, 10117 Berlin, Germany. E-mail: buchversandboellde

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