Individual Paper: A better collapse?
Sooner or later, a reduction in the material size of the economy will happen, most likely as a result of the twin crises of peak resources and pollution, both of them the consequences of endless “growth”. It is likely that this resolution of the growth economy will take the form of a collapse of multiple systems that provide food, energy, money, water and so on to human settlements, especially urban ones where more than half the population lives.
If collapse is likely, can we reframe degrowth in terms of “living through collapse” or “a better collapse”? What might that look like in our communities and what can we do to ease what will be a difficult transition?
Degrowth practitioners and thinkers tend to focus on positive policy and practice frameworks for an intentional transition. However, some are more pessimistic, prepared to discuss the challenges imposed by a civilisation that is collapsing. I will suggest some points of contact between these two approaches, drawing in particular on the advocacy of radical re-localisation. I will be particularly interested to hear participants' reactions and suggestions.
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