Rethinking Prosperity’s weekly roundup of news on the topic of economy, environment and democracy


  1. The decoupling delusion: rethinking growth and sustainability — James Ward, Keri Chiveralls, Lorenzo Fioramonti, Paul Sutton, Robert Constanza, The Conversation
    March 12, 2017
    “The decoupling delusion simply props up GDP growth as an outdated measure of well-being. Instead, we need to recouple the goals of human progress and a healthy environment for a sustainable future.”
    Type/tags: article, economy, environment, growth, decoupling, GDP, sustainability
  2. We need to think about redefining citizenship in the Anthropocene — Sam Solnick, Discard Studies
    March 15, 2017
    “The concept of citizenship originally described inhabitants of (probably walled) towns…But what are concerned citizens to do in the face of problems such as climate change, which cannot easily be contained by walls or borders, and to which we all contribute?”
    Type/tags: article, environment, politics, citizenship, climate change, Anthropocene
  3. Our addiction to consumption might just be what saves the planet from destruction — Christina Nunez, Quartz
    March 16, 2017
    “By empowering people to make better purchasing decisions—without sacrifice—we stand a greater chance of protecting our planet and leveling the playing field for disproportionately impacted communities.”
    Type/tags: article, economy, environment, society, climate change, consumption
  4. #CuriousGoat: Ask Us About Climate Change And Global Well-being NPR
    March 17, 2017
    Do you have a question about climate change and how it will impact the well-being of global communities? Submit your questions in this online form from NPR, and it may become the basis for a story in honor of Earth Day.
    Type/tags: article, climate change, questions
  5. The 20 happiest countries on the planet — Melissa Breyer, TreeHugger
    March 20, 2017
    “The numbers are in for the World Happiness Report 2017; who wins this year’s crown of contentment? Think of it as a love letter to Scandinavia.”
    Type/tags: article, economy, society, happiness, World Happiness Report, GDP
  6. Happy Nations Don’t Focus on Growth — Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg
    March 20, 2017
    “The world’s happiest nations’ GDP average growth rates for 2014-2016 were mostly lower than for the world as a whole.” What does this mean for economic policies and human happiness going forward?
    Type/tags: article, economy, society, politics, growth, happiness, Global Happiness Report 2017


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