The question is not whether we will face degrowth, but what we choose to degrow.
(I will keep this short by linking to previous articles.)
Degrowth has the issue of being defined or rather framed by what it is against rather than what it is for.
“Many of the objections to degrowth have to do with the term itself. Some people worry that degrowth introduces confusion because it is not, in fact, the opposite of growth. When people say ‘growth’ they normally mean growth in GDP, so one might reasonably assume that degrowth is likewise focused on reducing GDP. Proponents of degrowth are therefore condemned to perpetually clarify that degrowth is not about reducing GDP, but rather about reducing material and energy throughput.”
But in our present/future environmental situation I would argue degrowth is inevitable. We can choose what we degrow, not whether we degrow.
Let’s compare two potential plans for the future: the degrowth plan and the status quo plan. The twist is that both will be framed in terms of what they seek to degrow.
As stated above degrowth does not believe in abstractly and arbitrarily reducing GDP as an end goal. Segments of the economy which are necessary and benefit humans should continue to grow, while industries which do not benefit lifespan or happiness should be reduced such as “fossil fuels, SUVs, advertising, planned obsolescence, McMansions, arms, industrial beef, private jets, etc).” I would add Fast Fashion and crypto which the global south has already taken the lead in banning. Overall this reduced consumption should be justified by more leisure which would also reduce emissions.
Degrowth policies must not happen in isolation; they must be paired with various social programs to reduce the inequality that our resource use perpetuates…