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The Malaise of the Old Left represents an opportunity for Degrowth – Green European Journal

Green European Journal - The European Venue for Green IdeasThese days, the degrowth movement is not interested in provocation anymore. Instead it wants to stimulate discussions amongst the people who believe that it is possible to decolonise our minds. Vincent Liegey, the coordinator of the latest Degrowth Conference says that the movement’s impact is already visible in many party programmes.

Published on September 26, 2016 on the Green European Journal.

Green European Journal: What is your experience as a degrowth campaigner? Has degrowth, as a concept, become more acceptable in intellectual and political circles in the last few years?

Vincent Liegey: It has. I started my activities in the degrowth movement approximately ten years ago, and at that time the reactions were very dismissive. People either thought that we are naïve and dangerous, or that we were the representatives of an ecofascist movement…

Who were those people? The establishment? 

Our quarrels were mainly with the productivist left, but not exclusively. We also had disagreements with the pro-growth (green growth) Green movement and the Green capitalist movements. Three years ago people like Daniel Cohn-Bendit still called us crazy.

For many years it was almost impossible to question growth on the Left, because growth was seen as the precondition of progress, as well as the solution to poverty and inequality. In those years we really had to fight to be covered by the media. We were never invited to any economics panels, and most Green parties did not want to have anything to do with us, even though they used to think quite similarly in their early days. Fortunately, in the last few years it has improved.

What led to the improvements?
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Le 1er Espace « décroissant » au Forum Social Mondial !

Le comité décroissance conviviale annonce ses activités pour le FSM à Montréal.

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Montréal, le 1er Août 2016

Grande première dans l’histoire des Forums Sociaux Mondiaux, le premier comité « décroissance conviviale » s’est créé à Montréal à l’occasion du FSM 2016 qui aura lieu du 9 au 14 Août prochain. Celui-ci parcourra la ville dans le but de déconstruire les préjugés envers ce paradigme et le faire connaître auprès de la population.

Pour cela, le comité décroissance proposera un parcours immersif afin de

« Faire Réfléchir, Expérimenter et Débattre ».

Pour « Faire Réfléchir », un vélo-bibliothèque disponible sur l’espace permettra aux plus curieux de découvrir, à travers ses auteurs fondateurs et ses pensées, l’histoire de ce mouvement.
Egalement, une BD a été réalisée afin d’imaginer le monde de la décroissance par l’art. Première édition sur le thème de la décroissance, celle-ci sortira dès le 10 Août prochain et sera accessible sur l’espace tout au long du FSM.

Pour « Expérimenter  », deux parcours conviviaux à vélo seront proposés, afin de promouvoir des projets alternatifs à Montréal en accord avec les valeursde la décroissance, c’est-à-dire la justice sociale, la soutenabilité et l’autonomie.
Enfin pour « Débattre », une grande conférence-débat rassemblera 5 pointures de la décroissance à Montréal.

Chaque jour le grand public est convié dès 8h sur notre espace pour des rencontres, des partages de connaissances, relaxer en écoutant de la musique live, faire du yoga, tricot, etc…tout en sirotant de bons smoothies ! Déjà plus de300 personnes ont montré leur intérêt de participer à nos activités qui seront, pour chacune d’elle, traduites en Anglais et Espagnol. (suite…)

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Invitation à la 5ème Conférence Internationale de la Décroissance (Budapest – 30 août, 3 septembre 2016)

degrowth_conference_budapest_20161-300x298Du 30 août au 3 septembre 2016, se tiendra à Budapest la 5éme Conférence Internationale de la Décroissance.

Cette rencontre prévoit de réunir 600 universitaires et pratiquants de la Décroissance autour d’ateliers participatifs et de plénières. En parallèle, et pour la première fois, un festival ouvert proposera dans toute la ville des ateliers pratiques, des visites d’alternatives où créativité et démocratie participative se mêleront à la convivialité pour imaginer d’autres possibles.

La dernière rencontre de septembre 2014 a connu un vif succès à Leipzig avec pas moins de 3400 participants de 74 pays. Depuis, la Décroissance est de plus en plus présente dans les débats académiques, elle s’internationalise et interpelle, propose, suscite des débats sous diverses formes, de manière décentralisée et participative. Dans un contexte historique, social, culturel et politique stimulant, nous vous invitons à venir dialoguer à Budapest aussi bien avec des universitaires que des expérimentateurs, des activistes que des artistes, mais aussi avec la société civile.

Autour d’une organisation régionale s’appuyant sur un réseau d’alternatives locales dynamiques, diverses approches et perceptions vont se rencontrer autour de discussions sur les relations Nord/Sud ou Est-Ouest, sur les limites de la croissance aussi bien d’un point de vue physique que culturel. Des expérimentations, mais aussi des réflexions, des solutions sur différents niveaux seront proposées, en provenance d’Inde, du Brésil, du Mali, des Balkans ou encore de toute l’Europe de l’Ouest. Partout la question des limites, du bien-être, du sens de nos activités, de la démocratie se pose et partout des solutions sont expérimentées.

Rendez-vous à Budapest à la fin de l’été, pour une nouvelle grande transformation, sereine et démocratique, pour de nouveaux mondes soutenables, relocalisés et ouverts, souhaitables, autonomes et conviviaux.

Plus d’informations pratiques sur www.budapest.degrowth.org et dans notre dossier de presse.

L’équipe d’organisation
contact@budapest.degrowth.org

Pour suivre notre actualité, rejoignez-nous ici.

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Degrowth radio: Open Source on Radiozora

Tonight, live on Radiozora, Chill channel from 7 pm: Cargonomia

As a peak of our Open Source series, this episode celebrates the birth of Cargonomia, a forward-looking project that blends several socially and environmentally conscious ideas and movements that include Cyclonomia Do it Yourself Bicycle Social Cooperative, Zsamboki Biokert, an organic vegetable farm and sustainable agriculture community education center which distributes weekly vegetable boxes to food communities in Budapest, and Kantaa, a self organized bike messenger and delivery company”.

We made a first radio programme on Radiozora in July 2014, Introduction to Degrowth:

We decided to keep going with a monthly programme « Open Source » and met again in September 2014:

Degrowth and food production with Logan and Zsámbok Organic Garden:

Degrowth and DiY, low-tech and Cyclonomia:

Degrowth sources: Karl Polanyi and Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen:

Degrowth and Transition network with Tracey Wheatley and Transition in Hungary.

Our last programme was (soon online): Degrowth sources 2: Ivan Illich, Cornelius Castoriadis and André Gorz.

With Sara Feher and Vincent Liegey.
Thanks Adrien, Logan, Tracey and Radiozora.

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Budapest will host the 5th International Degrowth Conference

budapest_imageAfter Paris in 2008, Barcelona in 2010, Venice in 2012 and Leipzig in 2014, the next International Conference on Degrowth for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity will be held in Budapest in September 2016.
The upcoming conference will take place in a post-socialist environment. Starting from this complex social, economic and political challenges faced in the region, we expect fruitful, reflective and interesting meetings and discussions in bringing worldwide degrowth experience and perceptions.

The conference will be organised through regional participatory approach, whereby several preparatory meetings will be organised throughout the post-socialist region in order to establish robust dialogues about degrowth in the region. We have already observed the building of this dynamic during the regional meetings in Ljubljana in November 2013, Zagreb in March 2014 Sofia in May 2014, and in Budapest in January 2015.

Degrowth 2014 - LogoWe would like to build on the great success of the last degrowth conference in Leipzig in September 2014, which welcomed more than 3000 participants from 74 countries. However, this does not mean that the Budapest conference will be as big: we would like to host a convivial conference. A challenge is to orient the conference towards the principle that “small is beautiful”… and meaningful.

Lastly, many degrowth thinkers, like Karl Polanyi, Ivan Illich, Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen and André Gorz are from the region. This is why the conference will highlight their work, mainly by returning to the Hungarian author Karl Polanyi and referencing to his work The Great Transformation with opening the question: Can Degrowth draw New paths for a desirable Great Transformation?

See you soon in Budapest! More information available soon on www.budapest.degrowth.org

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Prosperity without growth: 10 policy proposals for the new left

Photo: CreativeCommons/Paul Sableman

Our Degrowth friends from Barcelona published 10 policy proposals for the new left. We totally support this convergence strategy and these 10 proposals… We would have had our thinkings on extension of free usage, on Unconditional Autonomy Allowance, money creation and democratic control on central banks, and also on democracy and autonomia…
The transition is underway!

Modern economies depend on growth, writes Giorgos Kallis: the moment it stops, we all get poorer, government tax revenues decline and unemployment rises. So is it possible to have prosperity without growth? Yes it is – and here’s how …

In theory, growth is needed to pay off debts, create new jobs, or increase the incomes of the poor. In practice, we have had decades of growth, yet we are still indebted, with our youth unemployed and poverty as high as ever.

In our recent bookDegrowth. A vocabulary for a new era we argue that economic growth is not only becoming more and more difficult in advanced economies, but that it is also socially and ecologically unsustainable. (suite…)

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Headed Straight For The Cliff? There Is Another Way! … with a Degrowth project.

ReporterreReporterre is an independent French online daily dealing with environmental issues. They organised a very successful discussion in Paris in October « Environment in the heart of a reconstruction of politics« . A Degrowth Project collective participated in this event based on the ideas suggested in the following text:

Headed Straight For The Cliff? There Is  Another Way!
By Vincent LiegeyFriday, September 26th, 2014, on Reporterre.

If we step back and consider the crazy world we live in, it isn’t long before we lose hope… Yet society is full of energy and inventiveness, opening our eyes to new possibilities. Concrete alternatives are being brought to the table every day and they will help build a society whose horizons do not end with profit and competition. Let us stick together, looking forward to the future!

It is hard to feel hopeful in light of environmental indicators (the planet’s resources are being used up more quickly each year, fossil fuels and metals are being depleted, according to the most recent report of the IPCC); rising inequality (1% of the population owns 50% of the wealth, returns on capital are rising, debt and austerity measures are a sham); the fact that the economy is the new religion; and the increasingly absurd litany proclaiming that sacrosanct economic growth is the only possible solution (from French President Hollande to Prime Minister Valls, and including that huckster, former President Sarkozy)…
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A Degrowth Project on Visegrad Revue: Degrowth in post-socialist countries

VisegradDegrowth in Emerging Visegrad Economies?
by , Visegrad Revue, 24.11.2014

The idea of sustainability, of turning away from infinite growth in a world with finite resources has been gaining ground globally. Can it be applicable in the emerging Visegrad economies, where the promise of economic enrichment still dominates?

Photo: CreativeCommons/Paul SablemanPhoto: Creative Commons / Paul Sableman

A new movement founded around the provocative slogan “degrowth”[1] has emerged over the last 10 years. This “bomb word” has been used to open in-depth debates on whether infinite growth in a finite world is desirable or even possible. Degrowth first deconstructs the myth that growth is the central solution for the impasse our capitalist, productivist and consumerist societies have led us to. The movement tries to understand the convergence of the crises we are experiencing and argues that energetic, political and existential, economic and social and various environmental crises like climate change are interconnected. Our society’s “always more” attitude and the push towards increased production and consumption is not sustainable as we are now facing global warming, biodiversity loss, and the end of cheap and easy extraction and production of raw materials such as fossil energies and metals – in particular the ones used in renewable energies. Our model of development hasn’t been able to respond to raising inequalities and unemployment. GDP growth or just a quantitative reading is far from implementing a meaningful and emancipating life for all.  So degrowth warns about a potential crisis of civilization and answers this by exploring alternative and coherent solutions.

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« A Degrowth Project » : Yesterday’s utopia has become today’s reality!

Publish in Ecorev’ n°41.

Yesterday’s utopia has become today’s reality!

Every year, at the onset of autumn, we are on our barge. It is time to anchor it until the end of winter and we have become used to do everything together: Vincent, Stéphane, Christophe, Anne-Isabelle, myself, and a few others. At a snail pace, we sail up the river up to the canal Saint Martin, up to the sources.

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This year, the moment takes on a special importance. Away from the many celebrations organised throughout Europe, the many dance evenings, carnivals and cycling races taking place in every city, village, suburb and courtyard, we have opted to celebrate the ten years we have devoted to the instauration of an Unconditional Autonomy Allowance as an inalienable human right, simply in the spirit of our hallmarks: conviviality and sobriety. Thirty-seven years ago, Utopia Editions published « Un Projet de Décroissance » (A Degrowth Project: Manifesto for an Unconditional Autonomy Allowance). It was just a project. For some it was simply a liberal-libertarian foible or petty bourgeois in search of media exposure. For the apostles of Growth, it was a heresy. All agreed that it was simply a Utopia. (suite…)

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Video: There’s No Tomorrow (peak oil, energy, growth & the future)

And also:

A Degrowth Project – Manifesto for an Unconditional Autonomy Allowance, UtopiaVincent Liegey, Stéphane Madelaine, Christophe Ondet Anne-Isabelle Veillot.

“ […] the prerequisite for the transfromation of the economy is “ a strong adhesion from all and a participation to this desire for change”. That is the least … But we have to start somewhere and this stimulating book contributes to it undoubtedly”. Hervé Kempf in Le Monde.

“ And the success of the book may suggest that “transition is well underway”. Emmanuel Daniel in Slate.fr.

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The CEU Weekly: « A Degrowth Project – to question the mantra of growth »

The CEU Weekly met with Vincent Liegey, co-author of “Un projet de Décroissance”, to discuss the degrowth movement, relocalization and the questioning of norms.

CW: Could you summarize degrowth as an idea for someone who has never encountered it?

Vincent Liegey: I would say that there are several definitions for degrowth. The first one is a provocative slogan. We try to open a debate where we question a lot of the beliefs that are not questioned anymore in our societies, particularly in the West. We mostly question what we call the « growth religion », this implicit belief that through growth you will solve all problems. The second definition is the name of a new political or intellectual way of thinking which is coming from quite a wide diversity of sources and I think it is very important because with this interdisciplinary approach we really try to connect all the crises which are in fact interconnected. Most of the time, when you are listening to mainstream politicians or intellectuals, whether they speak about economics, then environmental issues, then social issues, they are not able to put all of it together. (suite…)

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European Green Journal: « A Degrowth Project: a strategy to counter the crisis »

GEJ_LOGOThe idea of degrowth has always been a strain green thought, but what exactly would degrowth mean for our economy, society and relationship with the planet. Does degrowth provide the answer to the social and ecological crisis?

Given the convergence of interconnected crises, which one could call an anthropological crisis, degrowth, a catch-word for a recent explosion of thought and socio-economic experimentation, aims to initiate a democratic and peaceful transition to new models of sustainable and desirable societies.

This is what we have tried to elaborate upon in our collective work “A Degrowth Project-Manifesto for an Unconditional Autonomy Allowance”. Thus, based on our discussions, debates, experiences, and proposals, we support the establishment of an unconditional revenue, issued in non-monetary drawing rights on resources and access rights to public services, in addition to monetary allocations in local currencies rather than in Euros.

Advocating for degrowth in the midst of soaring unemployment, isn’t it indecent/absurd?

Growth does not ensure full employment: it’s a myth. Over the past forty years, GDP has grown but so has the unemployment rate. Imposing austerity, which has devastating human consequences, and hoping for growth to return, while turning a blind eye to ecological collapse is simply irresponsible. We cannot grow infinitely in a finite world.

The term degrowth frightens…
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Degrowth and equality of the sexes? An interview with Vincent Liegey by Sarah Alzieu

egaliteVincent Liegey, a qualified engineer and a PHD student in economics is a member of the Parti Pour La Décroissance (Degrowth Party). He co-authore : Un Projet de Décroissance: Manifeste pour une Dotation Inconditionnelle d’Autonom. He is answering questions from Sarah Alzieu about his perceptions about gender.

Sarah Alzieu: Do you feel any specific responsibility towards the promotion of subjects relating to gender discrepancies?

Vincent Liegey: I am a Growth objector and, as we often say, the first degrowth must be degrowth in inequalities. Thus, I feel responsible for all forms of injustice and inequality; this automatically implies that I must have a position on the fight for gender equality… In a society where money is paramount, it is essential: as example loaded with a strong symbolism, I can mention wage discrepancies between men and women.

S.A.: What you are promoting, this degrowth in equalities, does it have to go through a deconstruction of gender stereotypes? (suite…)

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A Degrowth Project on Slate.fr: « To do away with the God of Growth »

In total rupture with the equation: Growth=jobs=wellbeing, some authors propose to “decolonise our imaginary” in order to leave the “religion of Growth” with its productivist corollary.

Whoever believes that growth can be infinite in a finite world is either a madman or an economist?” deplored the American economist Kenneth Boulding 40 years ago. Today we wonder if our leaders aren’t fools advised by economists. Indeed, in 1972 a report from the Club of Rome The Limits to Growth called for “a stop on growth”. Ever since from an ecological and economic standpoint, the limits of growth have endlessly been pointed out.

Népal, novembre 2012. REUTERS/ Navesh Chitrakar

Yet the overwhelming majority of politicians continue to see it as the be all and end all of every political project. In their view, salvation depends on an increase in GDP and all the diverse governments’ public policies are designed around this indicator. “My objective is employment, my guiding principle is growth”, François Hollande affirmed recently.

But the president is wrong on the destination as well as the pathway to reach it. That is what the four authors of A Degrowth Project: Manifesto for an Unconditional Autonomy Allowance argue.

Decolonise our imaginary
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Video: A Degrowth Project, by Vincent Liegey

And also:
8 videos with Vincent Liegey on Degrowth

Vincent Liegey, French Degrowth thinker and activist, is one of the spokespersons of the French Degrowth movement, member of the International Degrowth network. He’s also the co-author of the book Un Projet de Décroissance – A Degrowth Project (2013).
See more: http://www.projet-decroissance.net

Thanks to Peter for this videos.

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