‘Green growth’ doesn’t exist – less of everything is the only way to avert catastrophe

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Media Type: Article - Recent

Date of Publication: September 29

Year of Publication: 2021

Publication City: London, UK

Publisher: The Guardian News & Media Ltd.

Author(s): George Monbiot

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It is simply not possible to carry on at the current level of economic activity without destroying the environment

There is a box labelled “climate”, in which politicians discuss the climate crisis. There is a box named “biodiversity”, in which they discuss the biodiversity crisis. There are other boxes, such as pollution, deforestation, overfishing and soil loss, gathering dust in our planet’s lost property department.

But they all contain aspects of one crisis that we have divided up to make it comprehensible. The categories the human brain creates to make sense of its surroundings are not, as Immanuel Kant observed, the “thing-in-itself”. They describe artefacts of our perceptions rather than the world. Nature recognises no such divisions. As Earth systems are assaulted by everything at once, each source of stress compounds the others.

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