SEI in the Media: Christopher Wright Writes ‘Our Growth Fetish Must Go’ for The Conversation

Christopher Wright argues that in order to prevent climate change we must abandon the idea of constant economic growth.

Christopher Wright, from BERN, contributed an article to The Conversation on the US-China climate announcement and why our “fetish for growth” must go if we want to trmuly address climate change.

In the lead-up to the G20 talks, there has been little doubt about Australia’s agenda. Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Treasurer Joe Hockey have been adamant in their emphasis on the need for greater global economic growth. It is rare, if not impossible, to find anyone in the mainstream public debate who questions the wisdom of ever-increasing economic growth.

Yet there is a major underlying problem in our collective worship and addiction to growth – climate change. Economic growth, rising affluence and a growing world population are the major contributors to the current environmental crisis. Despite four decades of political discussion about the urgency of climate change, rising emission levels have only paused during periods of economic recession.

Read the full article on The Conversation Australia.