Green-Thinkers is reading is the bold and provocative ‘Prosperity without Growth‘ by Tim Jackson this spring.
You are invited to our second bookclub that will take place at the Bridge Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1RQ on 6th June 2013 at 6.30pm. To book email email@example.com by 29th May, and pay £5 on the door which includes room hire, chips and a sandwich (£3 for concessions).
This book will be an interesting contrast to our previous read by Mark Lynas. Jackson begins with the same premise that we are living beyond ecological limits but he goes on to say that ‘a world in which things simply go on (growing) as usual is inconceivable’ and that to achieve necessary carbon reduction targets the carbon content of each dollar has to be 130 times lower by 2050 than the average today. He also argues that beyond a certain point continued economic growth doesn’t advance human happiness, and that we are locked into an ‘iron cage’ of consumerism that is hell-bent on disaster. Later in the book he to proposes various ideas for what more sustainable economic structures might look like.
Do you agree with Jackson that the current economic structures are unsustainable and need reform? or do you side with George Osborne that the environment is a barrier to growth and there should be greater deregulation? What would a global economy look like that valued people as well as GDP? Would it be liberal or domineering? What does this mean to your community or organisation?
Prof Jackson was also at Newcastle in Nov 2011 to give public lecture on the book, so this is a great opportunity to follow up on that stimulating event. See Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability (NIReS) website here.
Please also forward this invitation onto anyone you know who may be interested.
An account of the inaugural Green-Thinkers Bookclub
I thoroughly enjoyed our first Green-Thinkers debate and the little grey cells were certainly stimulated. Having selected a contemporary book ‘The God Species’ by Mark Lynas that challenges some ‘scared green cows’ there was plenty to discuss taking us past the official going home time, and then afterwards downstairs in the bar for a more informal chat. Perhaps it was the beer and chips that stimulated the thinking! Continue reading “Boundaries, Biodiversity, and Beer!”
So the world didn’t end in 2012 and we are facing a future of 8 billion people, over 2 degrees of warming, scarcer resources, and fragmented ecosystems. However humans are an ingenious and creative species so individuals, communities, businesses and governments should be capable of tackling these issues head on, and create a fairer and more sustainable future. What do you think the future holds? join the debate, join us at Green-Thinkers Bookclub either online or at our first meeting.
We are looking for contemporary sustainability books covering a range of topics that would appeal to non-specialists. Topics may include peak food, the fracking debate, population growth, climate change, green cities, sustainable design, and sustainable capitalism. All suggestions welcome.
The world didn’t end yesterday so we need to seriously think about a more sustainable future, so raise a glass to the launch of Green-Thinkers bookclubs and discussion groups.
I hope that the groups will be a place where people from all, cultures, walks of life and professions can share intelligent discussion and take the ideas back to transform their neighborhoods, organisations, and societies. We have Linkedin and Facebook groups, please feel free to join even if you can’t make it to the meetings to keep up to date with developments.
Watch this space for more information coming soon.