There is scientific consensus that humanity is currently operating beyond the safe operating limits of the Earth. The addiction of advanced economies to economic growth is largely responsible for this.
“Even as the evidence about the relationship between economic growth and ecological breakdown continues to pile up, growthism remains entrenched. It has the staying power and ideological fervour of a religion.” – Jason Hickel
“Anyone who believes that exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist.”– Kenneth Boulding
“The economy is a subsystem of the biosphere, and it can’t grow forever.” – Herman Daly
“The economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment, not the other way around.” – Gaylord Nelson
“We are using resources as if we had two planets, not one. There can be no ‘plan B’ because there is no ‘planet B’.” – Ban Ki-moon
“Economic growth is not the same thing as human progress.” – John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
“The economy is a tool of ecology, not the other way around.” – David Korten
“Distinctions must be kept in mind between quantity and quality of growth, between its costs and return, and between the short and long run. Goals for more growth should specify more growth of what and for what.” – Simon Kuznets
“GDP measures everything except that which makes life worthwhile.” – Robert Kennedy
“The cost of economic growth is the depletion of natural capital.” – Herman Daly
“The world has enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“We cannot save the world by playing by the rules. Because the rules have to be changed.” – Greta Thunberg
- 1Rockström, J. et al. (2009) A safe operating space for humanity. Nature 461, 472–475.