A small but vibrant movement that began in France
in 2001, and has now crossed the ocean into Canada,
challenges the hitherto unquestioned belief that endless
economic growth is sustainable, that any and all
constraints can be overcome, and that producing and
buying more is the road to happiness.
As Andrea Levy writes in her introduction to our
theme on degrowth, “all but the plain stupid or willfully
blind by now recognize that, unfettered by concern
for the survival needs of planetary ecosystems,
economic growth and its symbiont, the consumer
society, is suicidal for the human species and genocidal
for countless others.”
Besides the articles by Derrick O’Keefe, Peter Victor,
Arthur Schafer and Louis Marion written specially for
this issue, Andrea Levy’s Ecoside column also focuses
on this theme, as do the book reviews by Cy Gonick
and Judy Deutsch.
De-Growth Vancouver entered candidates for city
council in the November 2011 Vancouver civic elections.
It is planning a conference on degrowth this
June. Another degrowth conference, this one in Montreal,
is scheduled for May 13-19.