Can we grow without stuffing the Planet? Whiteboard Friday

Gareth MorganEconomics, Environment

New research shows that the world economy is growing far faster than the resources we use to produce that growth – known as the ‘ecological footprint’. This ‘decoupling’ of growth and environmental damage is a promising step, but we still have a lot of work to do to protect the environment, as we have pushed the planet past several ecological limits. The ideal is that we can get growth without increasing the ecological footprint at all – and ideally reducing it back within ecological limits.

This poses a challenge to New Zealand and its politicians – showing our Government that we can continue to grow while protecting the environment, particularly by promoting more sustainable, dense urbanisation, and through good Government policy. It also shows the Greens that economic growth isn’t necessarily the enemy.

Can we grow without stuffing the Planet? Whiteboard Friday was last modified: September 9th, 2016 by Gareth Morgan
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Gareth Morgan is a New Zealand economist and commentator on public policy who in previous lives has been in business as an economic consultant, funds manager, and professional company director. He is also a motorcycle adventurer and philanthropist. Gareth and his wife Joanne have a charitable foundation, the Morgan Foundation, which has three main stands of philanthropic endeavour – public interest research, conservation and social investment.