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“Degrowth” talk by Dr. Mike Joy
April 17 @ 7:30 pm
The Local Matters Group is delighted to welcome Dr. Mike Joy back to the Tasman District for a presentation at Māpua Hall on the 17th of April. This presentation will outline the transformational change we need to make in order to stop overshooting our ecological limits.
An increasing number of scientists from many disciplines, are advocating for a reorientation of our social and political priorities by abandoning economic growth as our overriding priority. In a recent Newsroom article by environment writer Dr. Catherine Knight ‘degrowth’ is described as follows: ‘Degrowth advocates do not suggest the carte blanche reduction of economic activity. They propose the downscaling of parts of the economy that do little to contribute to human wellbeing while causing enormous harm to the environment. Advocates of degrowth propose the expansion of sectors that will support our transition to an economy that operates within planetary boundaries. Such sectors include renewable energy generation, public transport, social housing, the health and care sectors, education, environmental restoration, and sustainable food production, among others.’
Dr. Joy is an ecologist and senior researcher at Victoria University. He is well known for his expertise on climate change and for his outspoken and courageous climate advocacy. Dr. Joy says that degrowth is inevitable and that ‘the choice is ours; managed or a train wreck.’ ‘ We need to stop overshooting planetary boundaries and put policies and incentives in place that prioritise ecological and human wellbeing over economic growth.’ Dr. Joy will provide an up to date overview of the intensifying impacts of climate change. He will debunk the negativity around degrowth and will paint a picture of our future world and lives if we embrace degrowth.
Door sales only – $10 ticket, students with ID free. Supper included.
Carpooling is encouraged. If you are coming from Nelson, get in touch with one of our Forum members, John-Paul (021 623 207 or Johnpaulpochin@gmail.com), who will be happy to organise this.