It was pointed out to me that we should focus on development rather than growth. After all, as Kate points out, to have a growth is generally not good news nor is it good, unless we are young, to keep growing in size. Kate Raworth captures these ideas well in her TED Presentation, A Healthy Economy Should be Designed to Thrive, Not Grow.
As we know, everything is connected and when one part of the system continually grows, it can destroy the whole system. Our economy is a subsystem of our ecology. In this presentation, she clearly explains development doesn’t need to stop, we can keep making life better, however growth is not the appropriate path to follow. It is also something we do not have to wait to make happen, it is happening now.
I encourage you to review the resources made available for they presentation, including “Over 100 global cities get majority of electricity from renewables”, CDP, 2018. To demonstrate development over growth, the Mayor of Burlington Vermont explained:
“Burlington, Vermont is proud to have been the first city in the United States to source 100 percent of our power from renewable generation. Through our diverse mix of biomass, hydro, wind, and solar, we have seen first-hand that renewable energy boosts our local economy and creates a healthier place to work, live, and raise a family. We encourage other cities around the globe to follow our innovative path as we all work toward a more sustainable energy future.”
Enjoy Kate Raworth’s inspiring TED Talk:
For me this is suggesting our focus should be on how to generate comprehensive improvements by creating interactions so everyone and everything benefits. As Jane Benyus, surmised, the only real function of living organisms is to live in a way that makes life more livable so all can thrive. Enjoy.
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