Countries around the world are fixated on growing their economies – but is growth doing more harm than good? In this episode, Richard Heinberg discusses the history behind how GDP growth came to be used as a measure of success, why GDP can’t continue growing indefinitely, and why it’s time to transition to a better metric – one that better reflects human and ecological well-being.
– On our blog: ‘Life in a degrowth economy, and why you might actually enjoy it’
– On our blog: ‘From growth to degrowth: a brief history’
– Richard’s articles on the Post Carbon Institute website
– Richard’s articles on Resilience.org
– Much more detail about the Jevons Paradox
– A PDF version of Limits to Growth
Chris Zabriskie: “Cylinder Three“, “Is That You or Are You You?“, “Readers! Do You Read” (CC BY 4.0); Kevin Macleod: “Windswept” (CC BY 3.0); Tri-Tachyon: “Edge of the Wastelands” and Circus Marcus: “Beethoven – Bagatelle op.119 nº9” (CC BY-NC 4.0)