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A bunch of tree-huggers
Save the rainforests!
Watch that carbon footprint!
One of the symbols of the degrowth movement.
Anyone who believes in indefinite growth in anything physical, on a physically finite planet, is either mad or an economist.
—Kenneth E. Boulding

Degrowth is an economic and social movement based on anti-consumerism and anti-productivism. It consists mostly of a rejection of capitalism and infinite growth, and support of degrowth of many productions to reach a sustainable level of production.

Policies in agreement with degrowth[edit]

Degrowth apologists tend to support renewable energies and recycling, but consider that it still consumes natural ressources or energy, and that a degrowth of consumption of energy and production is also necessary. They believe in reducing conspicuous consumption and useless consumptions in general. Believers in degrowth oppose planned obsolescence and advertising, they also believe in ending the car-based system, promoting biking or walking instead. The degrowth movement is generally supporting a reform of agriculture, for example supporting permaculture.

On the economy, the degrowth movement generally support cooperatives, local currencies[1] (and generally relocalisation of the economy)[2], alimentary sovereignty.[3]

Degrowth believers support housing (through requisition of empty houses for example), education and healthcare for all,[4] and the reducing of working hours.

Basic income is also supported by some degrowth economists.[5]

Degrowthist arguments[edit]

Overshoot Day[edit]

Earth Overshoot Day is the date on which humanity’s resource consumption for the year exceeds Earth’s capacity to regenerate those resources that year. In 2016, Earth Overshoot Day was in August 03. [6]

Peak minerals[edit]

The degrowth movement argues that resource depletion will end up in peak minerals. For example, nickel and zinc could face production peaks in a few decades.[7]

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