Growth and the efficiency question


Friday 12 Sept, 7:30pm, Unity House, Fennel Street, Loughborough

Note: Change of venue to Brush Sports and Social Club

Discussion to be introduced by Matt Sisson, author of  The Astronaut, the Cake, and Tomorrow and the Green Party’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Loughborough.

The world faces an unprecedented environmental crisis. We are overwhelming the capacity of our planet to support life. Yet we still measure our success by economic  growth; by how much we can increase the size of our footprint and the weight with which we tread.

So how can we live sustainably? Matt Sisson argues that the scale of the challenge requires wholesale changes to our economic and financial systems. If we are to all flourish within the sustainable limits of the Earth, we must challenge the perceived wisdoms of our age – from growth to efficiency, and from austerity to the  free market.

Looking at one of these  wisdoms, the national and global pursuit of efficiency, the session will consider whether we still need efficiency, whether it‘s counter-productive to efforts to live sustainably, and what the alternatives might look like.


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