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Tomorrow's Economy

A Guide to Creating Healthy Green Growth
Hardcover Book
Publisher: 
The MIT Press
 | 
March, 2021
ISBN:
9780262044851
Quantity: 
3
$36.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

In Tomorrow's Economy, Per Espen Stoknes reframes the hot-button issue of economic growth. Going beyond the usual dialectic of pro-growth versus anti-growth, Stoknes calls for healthy growth. Healthy economic growth is more regenerative than destructive, repairs problems rather than greenwashing them, and restores equity rather than exacerbating global inequalities. Stoknes--a Norwegian psychologist, economist, climate strategy researcher, and green-tech entrepreneur--argues that we have the tools to achieve healthy growth, but our success depends on transformations in government practices and individual behavior. Stoknes provides a compass to guide us toward the mindset, mechanisms, and possibilities of healthy growth.

How can we grow in prosperity and not burn the house down? How can we dramatically reduce our human impact while improving the lives of billions of people who deserve more?...

 

We can either create assets for the future or take the assets of the future. One is called regeneration and the other despoliation. When we exploit the Earth, we exploit people and cause untold suffering. We are investing hundreds of billions in artificial intelligence to be applied by digital machines in myriad ways. However, we inveset very little in the natural intelligence expressed by the living world. The biological world is exploding with new discoveries, compounds, and hitherto unrecognized intelligence. Plants have genetic memory going back millions of years. We now know that trees and plants have our five senses and fiffteen more senses that we do not... Forests are communities that physically and selflessly care for each other...

 

We have been extracting value from forestlands, indigenous people, oceans, slaves, and the poor for centuries. You will find here a clear description of an economy that creates value for all, and for all whom we have diminished, one that does not impoverish any form of life, be it human, mammal, plant, fish, or creature. He honors and includes the skills, structures and brilliance that have evolved and brought us to where we are today, and pivots them away from the degeneration of the world to its regeneration. —Paul Hawken, from the foreword

“Rising to the central challenge of our century, Stoknes brings welcome order to the chaos around the concept of green growth, charting a course for economic value creation while simultaneously reducing our ecological footprint. He makes it clear that meeting this challenge does not require us to stop economic growth.”
—Jørgen Randers, author of 2052: A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years and coauthor of The Limits to Growth

 

Publisher’s Description: 

How we can achieve healthy growth--more regenerative than destructive, restoring equity rather than exacerbating inequalities.

In Tomorrow's Economy, Per Espen Stoknes reframes the hot-button issue of economic growth. Going beyond the usual dialectic of pro-growth versus anti-growth, Stoknes calls for healthy growth. Healthy economic growth is more regenerative than destructive, repairs problems rather than greenwashing them, and restores equity rather than exacerbating global inequalities. Stoknes--a psychologist, economist, climate strategy researcher, and green-tech entrepreneur--argues that we have the tools to achieve healthy growth, but our success depends on transformations in government practices and individual behavior. Stoknes provides a compass to guide us toward the mindset, mechanisms, and possibilities of healthy growth.

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