Monday, 5 March 2012 12:39 in Press review
Thursday, 5 January 2012 10:36 in Press review
di Claudio Giorno da www.democraziakmzero.org Nei giorni di Natale e Santo Stefano non escono i giornali e così la seguitissima rubrica “Prima pagina” di Radio 3 ha preso spunto da alcune domande inevase o trattate frettolosamente nei giorni precedenti per approfondimenti e interviste.
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Friday, 16 December 2011 14:46 in News
The sustainability of the event
As it can be easily foreseen, the event implies costs that may be covered just in part by the subscriptions fees of the participating associations and individuals. Therefore, we must appeal to a variety of partners with whom we cannot have any collaboration or exchange based upon self interest: if we do not want to break our inspiring rules, we must collaborate on the basis of responsibility and free aid.
Each citizen’s help
We believe it to be the Conference’s most important source of funds.
Through this website we will open a fund-raising campaign targeting all those people who wish to sustain the Conference either with money (donating or purchasing gadgets) or with a direct involvement that might consist in volunteering, offering hospitality, etc.
Collective groups’ support
Besides looking for the support of public institutions, we have chosen to get in touch also with both “not-for-profit” and “for-profit” companies that with their contribution to the Conference want to take part in and sustain a shift towards an economy that is sustainable by the environment and fair from a social perspective. So, we would be glad to receive contributions coming from companies which have already taken or are willing to take a path that will lead them to:
- respect the environment, also by promoting activities connected to sustainability, responsible consumption, and renewable energies
- respect national collective employment contracts, encouraging workers’ participation in decision-making processes
- support projects for corporate social responsibility and the development of local economies
- avoid outsourcing production to those countries where workers’ rights are not respected
- carry out research in order to minimize environmental impact and improve the quality, the durability, the recycle/reuse of products and materials
- take part in the financing of the economies instead of taking part in the process of hardening people’s life conditions by making use of fossil fuel, exploiting natural resources the populations rely upon.
Finally, companies that are interested in the Conference might help to sustain it by involving other companies in their network in order to suggest issues to be addressed during the setting up1 or the progress of the international event.
1 One or more participants can plan an event titled “Towards Venice”, as a contribution to an issue to be studied or suggested during the Conference. As regards this option, the organizing committee might insert in the relative information material the Conference’s logo (the snail).
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Monday, 21 November 2011 14:33 in News
The firts pan-american degrowth conference will take place in Montreal (Quebec, Canada) from 14-20 may 2012. “Degrowth in the Americas” is promoted by McGill University, Université du Quebec à Montréal, Concordia University, Hec Montréal e Research & Degrowth
Verdana,Verdana;”>Drawing from previous degrowth conferences in Paris and Barcelona in 2008 and 2010 respectively, and in advance of Rio+20 (twenty years after the Earth Summit in Rio) that requiers profound rethinking on the linkage of sustainable development to economic growth, the Montreal conference will focus on the particular situations and dynamics of the Americas. What does degrowth mean for our Hemisphere with its rich geographical, cultural, social and economic diversity? What does degrowth mean for the indigenous peoples of the Americas and their aspirations for their lands? How can degrowth concepts be made audible, understandable and acceptable to rich North Americans?
This gathering will bring together academics, activists, environmentalists and indigenous peoples to discuss our needs and hopes for diverse and more equitable societies in the Americas, on a post-growth healing earth.
The goal of this conference is to build a degrowth movement in the Americas with rigorous examination of issues, involving academia and social movements, arts and sciences, thought and living experiences.
- Grounding. What is a flourishing Earth and what worldviews enable it?
- Knowing. How can the physical, biological and social sciences help us in understanding how to enhance the flourishing of the Earth’s life systems?
- Relating. What means of relationship and exchange can help enhance the continual flourishing of the Earth’s life systems?
- Consenting. How the can the major political, economic, development, social, technical, and scientific priorities of society be developed with broad and informed public dialogue and consent?
- Sharing. How can the radically unjust inequalities between people be eliminated; and how can the human fair share of the Earth’s life support systems be defined and achieved?
- Experiencing. What would a flourishing society look and feel like for individuals and collectives at various temporal and spatial scales?
The conference program, calls for papers and workshop, the registration form, and other useful information will be available on the website http://www.montreal.degrowth.org/.
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Thursday, 17 November 2011 12:44 in Press review
Most of us who live in the North and the West consume far too much – too much meat, too much fat, too much sugar, too much salt. We are more likely to put on too much weight than to go hungry. We live in a society that is heading for a crash. We are aware of what is happening and yet we refuse to take it fully into account. Above all we refuse to address the issue that lies at the heart of our problems – namely, the fact that our societies are based on an economy whose only goal is growth for growth's sake. Serge Latouche argues that we need to rethink from the very foundations the idea that our societies should be based on growth. He offers a radical alternative – a society of 'de-growth'. De-growth is not the same thing as negative growth. We should be talking about 'a-growth', in the sense in which we speak of 'a-theism'. And we do indeed have to abandon a faith or religion – that of the economy, progress and development-and reject the irrational and quasi-idolatrous cult of growth for growth's sake.While many realize that that the never-ending pursuit of growth is incompatible with a finite planet, we have yet to come to terms with the implications of this – the need to produce less and consume less. But if we do not change course, we are heading for an ecological and human disaster. There is still time to imagine, quite calmly, a system based upon a different logic, and to plan for a 'de-growth society'.