Recently, the „degrowth“ movement was named the fastest growing movement in the world. Although there is, admittedly, a certain irony in having a growing movement for „degrowth“, this trend is inspiring.
„Degrowth“ has emerged over the last 10 years. This “missile word” has been used to open in-depth debates on whether infinite growth in a finite world is desirable or even possible. Generally, „degrowth“ challenges the hegemony of growth and calls for a democratically led redistributive downscaling of production and consumption in industrialised countries as a means to achieve environmental sustainability, social justice and well-being.
The next international „degrowth“ conference will take place in a post-socialist region, which was a home to many „degrowth“ thinkers, like Karl Polanyi, Ivan Illich, Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen and André Gorz. The conference theme, „Walking the meaningful great transformation“, will highlight Karl Polanyi and his work. Apart from being home to many „degrowth“ thinkers, the post-socialist region faces specific social, economic, environmental and political challenges, often under-researched in „degrowth“ thinking.
Branko Ančić, Ph. D. and Mladen Domazet, Ph. D. address in their article the differences in environmentally-motivated „degrowth“ between core and semiperipheral European countries.
Link to the article: http://www.fdv.uni-lj.si/docs/default-source/tip/3-15_ancic-domazet.pdf?sfvrsn=2