Vandana Shiva’s article How Economic Growth Has Become Anti-Life is so “right on” that I’ve posted it in its entirety. In it she expresses how our obsession with growth has eclipsed our concern for sustainability, justice and human dignity.
Limitless growth is the fantasy of economists, businesses and politicians. It is seen as a measure of progress. As a result, gross domestic product (GDP), which is supposed to measure the wealth of nations, has emerged as both the most powerful number and dominant concept in our times. However, economic growth hides the poverty it creates through the destruction of nature, which in turn leads to communities lacking the capacity to provide for themselves. Continue reading