This book puts the Green Economy to the test, its promises, consequences and blind spots.
- Can efficiency be a solution if it results in even more consumption?
- Is it possible to save nature by putting a price on the services it provides?
- Should we rely on technological solutions to save us?
As the economic and ecological bases of prosperity are increasingly endangered and the gap between rich and poor widens, the Green Economy should offer us hope. Yet the Green Economy cares little about politics, barely registers human rights, does not recognize social factors and suggests the possibility of reform without conflict. It suggests that the world as we know it can continue with green growth, based primarily on large-scale technological solutions.
This book outlines a way to overcome global crises from a social viewpoint.
“Originally, the Green Economy was meant to create the political space for a deeper conversation. Yet, as argued in this book, such a conversation must go beyond a
shallow ‘economisation’ of nature and quick techno-fixes. ... Rather, it must establish a new ‘political ecology’ and engage widely in the creation of a new and more profound agenda for change. This task is as relevant today as it ever was.” TIM JACKSON
The economical and ecological bases of a general prosperity are in danger, the gap between rich and poor is widening. The concept of a Green Economy offers a new model, based primarily on large-scale technological solutions.
But can efficiency be a solution if it results in even more consumption? What are the effects of green growth when, at the same time, emissions from the use of fossil fuels continue to increase? Is it possible to save nature by putting a price on the services it provides?
This book puts the Green Economy to the test, discusses its possibilities, describes actual consequences, calls its blind spots – and outlines a way to master global crises from a social point of view.
Preface by Tim Jackson
Why “business as usual” is not an option
1 The dominance of the climate killers
2 The great loss of biological diversity
3 Business as usual in agroindustry
4 The world as we know it: inequality, poverty, hunger
5 The Green Economy as a way out of the global crisis?
Rampant risk: questionable instruments and innovations
6 Nature or natural capital?
7 Progress in the service of the Green Economy: will innovation solve everything?
The Green Economy’s blind spots
8 A star is born – or: environmental policy in neoliberal times
9 Civil society amid depoliticisation and shrinking spaces
Conclusion: making the case for a new Political Ecology
“Originally, the Green Economy was meant to create the
political space for a deeper conversation. Yet, as argued
in this book, such a conversation must go beyond a
shallow ‘economisation’ of nature and quick techno-fixes.
... Rather, it must establish a new ‘political ecology’
and engage widely in the creation of a new and more
profound agenda for change. This task is as
relevant today as it ever was.”
Thomas Fatheuer is a social scientist and lived in Brazil from 1992 to 2010, most recently as head of the Heinrich Böll Foundation’s office in Rio de Janeiro. Prior to that he worked on forest conservation projects in the Amazon region for the German Development Service (DED) and German Technical Cooperation (GTZ). Currently, he is living and working as an author and consultant in Berlin. He is the author of numerous publications on the Brazilian development model, the conservation of tropical forests and the concept of Buen Vivir.
Lili Fuhr is a graduate geographer and, since 2008, heads the international Ecology
and Sustainable Development Department at the Heinrich Böll
Foundation with a special focus on international climate and resource
politics. She blogs regularly at www.klima-der-gerechtigkeit.de.
Barbara Unmüßig is a political scientist and, since 2002, Co-President of the Heinrich
Böll Foundation. She has acted since 2009 as deputy member of the
Board of Trustees of the German Institute for Human Rights (DIMR).
Her work focuses on issues such as the social aspects of globalisation,
human and women’s rights and international climate, resource and
agricultural policy. Among other roles, she is chair of the jury for the
Anne Klein Women’s Award, which has been presented annually since
2012 by the Heinrich Böll Foundation. Barbara Unmüßig has published
numerous articles for books and journals.