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


  1. THE FALLACY OF ENDLESS ECONOMIC GROWTH — Christopher Ketcham (Pacific Standard)
    May 16, 2017
    “What economists around the world get wrong about the future.”
    Type/tags: article, economy, limits to growth, climate change, consumption
  2. A House on Shaky Ground: Eight Structural Flaws of the Western Worldview — Jeremy Lent (Tikkum)
    May 19, 2017
    In this article, Jeremy Lent deconstructs eight flaws in modern Western worldviews. To avoid collapse, he proposes alternative perspectives to each misperception in the hopes of rebuilding connections with each other and the natural world.
    Type/tags: article, environment, economy, nature, civilization, worldview
  3. Wealth redistribution and population management are the only logical way forward — William E. Rees, (The Guardian)
    May 22, 2017
    “Globalisation and trade have enabled too many countries to overshoot their capacities and run ‘ecological deficits’ with other nations.”
    Type/tags: article, economy, consumption, global community, wealth, redistribution
  4. Half the global population could face ‘unknown’ climates by mid-century — Robert McSweeney (Carbon Brief)
    May 22, 2017
    “Billions of people across the world could see climates they’ve never experienced before by the middle of the century, a new study says. Using a measure of climate ‘familiarity,” the researchers show that the tropics in particular are likely to experience conditions that are virtually unheard of for the region in the present climate.”
    Type/tags: article, environment, climate change, temperature
  5. Planting the seeds of degrowth in times of crisis — Marula Tsagkari (Uneven Earth)
    May 24, 2017
    “…it has become more and more obvious that resources are finite and that the planet cannot sustain continued growth…the idea of degrowth points to an alternative route, and establishes a vocabulary to describe a new world based on solidarity and cooperation.”
    Type/tags: article, degrowth, economy, crisis, Greece, cooperative, social movement


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