Sustainable Tucson May Meeting – Prosperity Without Growth – May 14
|Monday, May 14, 2012|
|5:30 pm||to||8:00 pm|
at Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone, Downtown (free lower level parking off Alameda Street)
Prosperity Without Growth – What does it look like?
Please join us at Sustainable Tucson’s May meeting to hear local experts talk about Sustainable Economics, and share your thoughts about what this looks like and what it entails. Help us engage the planners with solutions appropriate to our time.
Planning efforts in Tucson (including Imagine Greater Tucson) assume growth to be inevitable and good.
Until recently, there was no reason to question that belief. With a seemingly endless supply of resources and space to dump waste products, there was no feedback raising our awareness, nor reason to ask questions.
Now, however, the pinch has begun. The high carbon energy fuels upon which we have built our modern civilization are not only becoming more problematic to supply, but the effects of their combustion are destabilizing the climate, decimating biodiversity, disrupting food security and beginning to affect social cohesion. The problem is the result of the collective impact of our human species. Our numbers have increased to the point where our resource consumption and related waste is beyond the planetary ecosystem’s ability to continue to supply and absorb them.
If the planet were our house, the debt we have accumulated is coming due, foreclosure is on the horizon, and we may soon lose our home.
Ecological economist Herman Daly notes that growth can become “uneconomic” when the “bads” accumulate faster than the “goods”, the “illth” faster than the wealth (see video, link below).
What are the alternatives to Growth?
What positive vision can lead us away from the “inevitable”?
Doors open at 5:30 pm.
The meeting will begin promptly at 6:00 pm.
Also see these videos,