Version 3.2_September 2016
Research In Action Special Session: Green Economy and carbon metrics
Saving the world with markets and techno-fixes?
Reconciling climate protection and resource conservation with economic growth in a finite and unjust world remains an illusion. With its positive associations, the term “green economy” suggests that the world as we know it can continue. However, making this promise requires deliberately downplaying complexity and having powerful faith in the miracles of the market economy and technological innovation, while at the same time ignoring and not wanting to tackle existing economic and political power structures. In the wake of the realization that “business as usual” is not an option, the green economy thus provides a supposedly non-political vehicle to gain hegemony over the transformation path while obscuring questions of economic and political interests, power and ownership structures, human rights and the resources of power. In the green economy debate climate change is often framed as the largest threat, trumping loss of biodiversity, soil degradation and other forms of destruction of planetary scale. In the “brave new climate world” everything is perceived as a problem that can be expressed in terms of tons of carbon equivalents in the atmosphere. But the way we describe and frame a problem very much predetermines the kinds of solutions and answers we seek. A carbon-centric mode not only leads to false solutions (such as carbon trading and geoengineering) but also results in ecological epistemicide, destroying vital knowledge and cultures that our common future depends on.
Start time: 14:30
Track: Exit from growth ≠ exit from capitalism?
- Inside the Green Economy - Promises and Pitfalls
- carbon metrics - global abstractions and ecological epistemicide
Concurrent Special Sessions
- Strategies for degrowth in a Nordic context
- Rethinking Degrowth with Diverse Economies (Panel 2)
- Forging new/old sociocultural systems driven by motives other than growth
- Sufficiency Policy for Sustainable Degrowth
- Education for socio-ecological transformations
- In search for sustainable local food systems: Sociometabolic perspectives
- A method and a movement: the progress of the Community Supported Agriculture
- Housing for Degrowth
- Debating work in a degrowth society.
- Infrastructure and organisational patterns for socio-technical commons